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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).


Freshfields revamps Asia management team

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has shaken up its Asia management team as the firm’s former US managing partner relocates to Hong Kong to add firepower to the capital markets practice. Shanghai managing partner and corporate specialist Melissa Thomas has been appointed Beijing managing partner, replacing Nicholas French, who will move to London. Thomas will serve a […]


Please give generously….

There’s nothing flashy about the British & Irish Legal Information Institute (Bailii) website. There are simple links, an easy-to-use search engine – and literally thousands of judgments of criminal and civil cases from courts across the UK and Europe. Bailii has been running for over a decade now, providing up-to-date transcripts of judgments online, for […]


DLA Piper posts 1 per cent rise for global revenue

DLA Piper posted a 1 per cent increase in global turnover for the 2010 calendar year, with revenue at $1.96bn (£1.27bn). Total profit was up 5.9 per cent at $777.8m £503m). The firm’s chief financial officer Paul Edwards said that average profit per equity partner (PEP) at the firm was up 15 per cent on […]


Exchange Chambers pioneers litigation funding

Northern set Exchange Chambers has become the first barristers’ chambers to move into the litigation funding market through a tie-up with legal insurance broker Maxima – with both clerks and barristers expected to encourage take-up among clients. Chief executive Tom Handley said the members fully endorsed the association. “We see it as a way forward […]

Jonathan Smith

Role with IT: Jonathan Smith, Fujitsu UK&I

The job of Jonathan Smith, GC of Fujitsu UK&I, has grown in line with the massive structural changes at the IT giant, says Matt Byrne Jonathan Smith, general counsel of IT giant Fujitsu’s UK and Ireland operations, known as Fujitsu UK&I, knows his business inside out as well he should, having been with the company […]

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