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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).



Taking an Afghani stand

“I had already designed my future and Afghanistan was in it as part of my list of things to do before I turn 25,” says 22-year-old Natasha Latiff. “I had already designed my future and Afghanistan was in it as part of my list of things to do before I turn 25,” says 22-year-old Natasha […]

Glen Ireland

Latham laterals come good with Norsk Hydro instruction

Latham & Watkins’ recent push into the recruitment market has already paid ­dividends after the US firm secured the lead role for new client Norsk Hydro on its $4.19bn (£2.78bn) acquisition of Vale’s ­aluminium business. The team that won the mandate featured three of the firm’s recent lateral hires: former White & Case partner Glen […]

Travers welcomes four new partners in promos round

Travers Smith has promoted four lawyers to its partnership for the third year running. After being overlooked last year, the corporate practice will be boosted by the addition of one new partner – Chris Gower – with one each also made up in the firm’s employment, litigation and tax groups. Litigation partner Caroline Edwards is […]

Lynne Walters

Applications for vac schemes skyrocket

Graduate recruitment partners have reported a marked increase in ­applications for vacation scheme placements this year as competition for training contracts soars. Of the firms surveyed, Bird & Bird reported one of the highest increases at 71 per cent, after the number of applications this year rocketed from approximately 700 to 1,200. Head of graduate and trainee management […]


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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