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Coronavirus Update: Working From Home (again)

A government campaign was launched in early August to actively encourage employees to return to the workplace in an attempt to boost the wider economy and revitalise city centres that had been left empty after months of lockdown. However, within two months, the pandemic appears to have taken a turn for the worse and the government announced yesterday that once again people should work from home wherever possible.

Ukraine relaunches privatisation

September 2020 – Yesterday, 22 September, the President of Ukraine signed the Law which amends the Law of Ukraine “On privatisation of state and communal property” (the “Law”), introduces parliamentary control over the privatisation of state property and “unfreezes” the preparatory procedures to privatise large-scale state-owned objects. The Law was adopted by the Ukrainian parliament on 8 September 2020 and will become effective after its official publication.

Cyprus introduces film production incentives

Producers and media companies are invited to utilise the Cyprus landscape and infrastructure and enjoy a variety of legal, corporate and tax incentives for filming in Cyprus under the new Cyprus Filming Scheme.

Legal guide to pre-enforcement steps under Jersey and Guernsey law

The temporary Covid-19 protections offered by the UK government to businesses to prevent them from being subject to winding up petitions or wrongful trading actions are currently due to expire at the end of September (although an extension is very possible).


Thelen launches new patent litigation group

Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner has raided the New York office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, hiring patent litigation partner Steve Rizzi. Rizzi, who joined Thelen on Tuesday (16 October), will look to spearhead the growth of his new firm’s East Coast patent litigation group. Thelen’s group also includes IP trial lawyers in New […]

Orrick hires Mintz Levin corporate star

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe‘s London office has snared Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo head of corporate Lena Hodge. Hodge will join the firm as a partner in Orrick’s corporate practice and will focus on advising AIM issuers and underwriters. Partner in charge of English law at Orrick, Dean Poster, said that the firm […]

Manchester unveils largest civil court for 100 years

The opening of the Manchester Civil Justice Centre tomorrow will free up other Manchester courts to process criminal cases. The Civil Justice Centre is the largest civil court to be built in England and Wales for more than 100 years. It will hear civil cases such as major commercial and mercantile cases, business disputes, and […]

SJ Berwin acts on Wagamama sale

The owners of noodle bar group Wagamama have turned to regular adviser SJ Berwin on the planned sale of the chain, decided yesterday (17 October). SJ Berwin will advise longstanding client Lion Capital, which bought Wagamama in 2005 from Graphite Capital Management, on the sale. Plans for a £200m flotation were scrapped when Lion received […]

Chadbourne makes up six to partnership

Chadbourne & Parke has made up six partners across its global offices, including one in London. The energy firm has promoted London corporate lawyer Charez Golvala, corporate lawyers Jonathan Melmed and Carlos Albarracin in New York, Robert Goldberg in the project finance group in Houston, real estate lawyer Mariusz Stawiarczyk in Warsaw and Kenneth Mack […]

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