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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).


Lord Goldsmith shuns bar for Debevoise litigation role

Lord Goldsmith QC has joined US firm Debevoise & Plimpton in a move that came as of a shock to the legal community. As reported on www. (26 September), former attorney-general Goldsmith joined the firm last week in the newly created role of European chair of litigation. Based in London, he will be involved […]

RGA bags RiverStone counsel for global role

US reinsurance giant RGA International has hired RiverStone Management general counsel and company secretary Catherine Regan as international legal counsel. Regan will take responsibility for legal matters relating to Europe, South Africa and India, reporting to US-based RGA assistant general counsel Bill Hutton. She will be based in St Louis and work with a global […]

New Orrick M&A head sets sights on London

Howard Shecter got off to a flying start last week as the new head of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe’s global M&A practice. “Sorry I didn’t get to speak to you yesterday,” jokes Shecter when The Lawyer catches up with him on day two. “But I spent all day doing benefit plans and computer training.” Things […]


Can I work flexibly?

Question: I am a 3 year PQE (male) corporate associate at a ‘silver circle’ firm, and would like to start working four days a week so that I can work at a charity for the homeless the other day. What is the best way to ask to work flexibly? And what if they turn me […]

McGrigors nabs two new partners

McGrigors has bolstered its partnership with the addition of a lawyer apiece from DLA Piper and Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Kevin Jordan has joined McGrigors’ London office as a partner in the banking and finance team, having served as a partner in BLP’s project finance department. His experience includes a range of PFI work. Ian […]

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