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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).


The finished product

When Laurie Adams joined ABN Amro, he set about restructuring legal and compliance to align it with the rest of the business. Now, it is a reliable safety net. Husnara Begum reports Laurie Adams, ABN Amro’s head of legal and compliance for the wholesale client business, joined the Dutch investment banking giant in November 2000 […]

Rink becomes Hildebrandt consultant

John Rink, former managing partner of Allen & Overy (A&O), is to take an advisory role with legal management consultancy Hildebrandt. Rink, who had been managing partner of the magic circle firm since 1994, resigned in October 2002 and stepped down as a partner on 31 April this year. He will remain on the A&O […]

Paris Smith & Randall

Having an FA Cup finalist as a client is boosting the firm’s image “The city is buzzing,” says Richard Smith, the managing partner at Southampton firm Paris Smith & Randall. “Southampton FC’s not been in the final of the FA Cup since we won it in 1976. This town’s going mad.” The good fortune of […]

Ashursts-Fried Frank: deal was dashed by French revolution

Ashurst Morris Crisp’s Paris office has emerged as the major opposition to the merger with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson. The drawn-out talks, which finally ended last week, came up against considerable resistance from Paris, which is headed by corporate rainmaker Thomas Forschbach. It is believed the office was concerned about integration issues with […]

On the ball

HarperCollins’s Simon Dowson-Collins loves sport so much he once went to a QPR game while he was still on a BBC shift. Alex Wade meets the fittest lawyer in publishing All too many lawyers conform to type. Austere, dry and measured, unafraid of their intellects, loath to mingle with the masses (trainees, junior assistants, minor […]

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