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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).


Fladgate litigator adds to Kobre’s Brit pack

Fladgate litigator Simon Cullingworth has joined the London office of US trial lawyers Kobre & Kim. The move comes shortly after the firm brought in Serle Court silk James ­Corbett QC. Both hires are part of the firm’s plans to have five English-qualified lawyers working in London by the autumn. Cullingworth will work alongside US-qualified […]


BLG makes £20m saving with 10-year lease on HQ

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has secured a 10-year lease on its London headquarters, making a saving of more than £20m over the next decade. BLG chief executive David Jabbari said: “The security of low-cost London premises for 10 years, and the removal of up to £24m in property costs over that period, is a great base for […]

Trouble indemnity

Pay attention at the back: it’s time to talk about professional indemnity insurance for law firms. Granted, it’s not quite as exciting as a hung parliament, but believe me, it’s got it all: conflict, pathos, suspense and what’s shaping up to be a damn fine narrative arc. First, the conflict. This is between the insurers […]


Proskauer funds team to drive SJ Berwin talks

After Orrick rejection, SJ Berwin targets global private equity via US tie-up Proskauer Rose’s funds team has emerged as the driving force behind the proposed merger with SJ Berwin, according to sources familiar with the ­situation. It was revealed last week (, 6 May) that the two firms have entered into early-stage discussions around a […]

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Beachcroft reshuffles regional management

Beachcroft has revamped its regional ­management line-up and expanded its management board. Partners have elected new senior partners in the firm’s Bristol and Leeds offices and re-elected Manchester ­senior partner Robert Moss for a three-year term. In Bristol insurance ­partner Tony Cherry replaces Michael Bothamley as senior partner. Under Bothamley’s nine-year reign the Bristol office’s turnover has grown from […]

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