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Can UK employers claim the furlough grant while employees are on notice? Clarity is required.

Notice Pay during Furlough Leave The latest Treasury Direction for the furlough scheme, updated on 26 June 2020, could modify the effect of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. New wording at paragraph 2.2 may be interpreted to suggest that notice pay cannot be claimed through the scheme. With retrospective application, employers require clarification from HMRC […]


Pinsents’ Euro alliance gains Turkish foothold

Pinsent Masons‘ European alliance, Pinsent Masons Luther Group (PMLG), has extended into Turkey via a joint venture with Turkish firm Köksal. Ankara and Istanbul-based Köksal has linked with German firm Luther and Austrian member Karasek Wietrzyk Rechtsanwälte. The joint venture, called Luther Karasek Köksal, began trading last month. Stefan Kraus, managing partner of PMLG co-founder […]

A&O scoops Dutch mega-merger

Allen & Overy has cemented its dominance on large Netherlands-based deals as it scored instruction from pharmaceutical giant Schering-Plough on the €11bn (£7.5bn) cash purchase of Dutch group Akzo Nobel’s drugs division.The main draw of Akzo Nobel’s…

Walker Morris makes up record number of partners

Walker Morris is to promote six associates to the partnership, the firm’s biggest promotional round ever. In May two will be promoted in the property group and one each in banking, corporate, planning and regulatory. Chairman Peter Smart said: “They’re all quality individuals and our view has always been that, if they’re quality people, then […]

Egorov scores Russian first with African work

Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners has become the first Russian law firm to score an M&A deal in Africa. The firm advised Rusal, the world’s third-largest aluminium producer, on its acquisition of 77.5 per cent of the government of Nigeria-owned metal works Alscon. Partner Ednan Agaev, who advised on the deal along with the firm’s […]

WFW eyes Norton Rose’s Greek crown

As reported on page three, Watson Farley & Williams‘ (WFW) Greek operation has bagged itself three corporate lawyers from Athens firm IKRP Rokas & Partners, including one partner. Although still far short of the current UK reign of Norton Rose‘s Greece office, which has four partners, 29 assistants and two trainees stationed in offices in […]

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