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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).


Links, Sullivan advise Lloyds on $350m US settlement

Lawyers from Linklaters‘ New York office have worked alongside Sullivan & Cromwell to advise Lloyds TSB on a $350m (£230m) settlement with the US government. The UK bank allegedly falsified records to allow transactions from banks in Sudan and Iran appear as if they originated from Lloyds. In the US certain countries are forbidden from […]


Work Life Quiz: Richard Barnett, Barnetts

What was your first-ever job?Selling Marks & Spencer reject clothes at Ormskirk market during the summer holidays when I was 14. What was your worst ­experience as a trainee?Having to undertake a ­personal completion on my first day in the property seat, without having been instructed to mark up an abstract. I returned to the […]


Cadwalader London hit by seven-partner walkout

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has been rocked by the mass walkout of seven London partners to Paul Hastings. The Lawyer can exclusively reveal that the partners leaving the firm are Karl Clowry, Conor Downey, Michelle Duncan, Justin Jowitt, Tom O’Riordan, Christian Parker and Charles Roberts. The defections leave US firm Cadwalader with just four partners […]

Macfarlanes feels the heat

Macfarlanes feels the heat” />When Macfarlanes revealed it would be laying off up to 14 staff this week, perhaps the only surprise was that the announcement hadn’t come sooner (see story). The firm had always seemed a likely candidate for cuts. Not only has its corporate practice been hard hit by the credit crunch, but […]

Herbies puts off partner consultation on top role

Herbert Smith has ­postponed a partnership consultation into the ­function of its managing partner role, instead opting to begin the process in the second half of 2009. Herbert Smith has ­postponed a partnership consultation ;into ;the ­function of its managing partner role, instead opting to begin the process in the second half of 2009. The firm’s senior […]

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