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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).


Lacking a punch

Last Wednesday (8 August), in a gym in Salford, a group of lawyers and law firm staff gathered to honour the Marquis of Queensbury. More accurately, the group had turned up for its first training session for a charity bout of white-collar boxing, scheduled for 2 November in Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. The brains and driving […]

A&O, Cleary lead on Euro banks mega merger

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton have led Kaupthing and JC Flowers through a €3bn (£2bn) banking takeover, despite rocky market conditions. Icelandic bank Kaupthing acquired the Netherlands’ fourth-largest bank NIBC from a consortium led by JC Flowers. A&O advised Kaupthing, with a team led by Amsterdam-based corporate partners Sietze Hepkema […]

Book lark

Just in: the latest instalment of Tulkinghorn’s summer reading. Just in: the latest instalment of Tulkinghorn’s summer reading. And it’s thanks to Julian Hawes of Brick Court Chambers for reminding Tulkinghorn of the definitive book on the combustion engine by 19th century crime writer Watson Farley. Keep them coming…

Lovells institutes snakes and ladders strategy for lockstep

At least one Lovells equity partner has slid from the top to the bottom rung of the firm’s lockstep ladder via performance-related sanctions introduced last year. Partners at the firm okayed plans last January that gave the partnership council the authority to take action against underperforming partners. So far 10 partners have been affected by […]

DLA Piper signs DOJ Scooter Libby counsel

DLA Piper has boosted its litigation strength with the addition of a partner in Washington DC. Former US Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney Peter Zeidenberg has joined the firm’s US litigation and regulatory practice. During his time at the DOJ, Zeidenberg served as a trial attorney in the public integrity section of the criminal division, […]

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