Latest Briefings

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).


Linklaters Opens Three New European Offices

Linklaters & Alliance is opening three new European offices and has poached a Clifford Chance partner to head up one of the three new Central and Eastern Europe offices. Csaba Berecz moves from Clifford Chance’s Budapest office to become managing partner in Linklaters new Hungarian office which opens in Budapest early next year. Linklaters has […]

This week

Cherie Booth QC is due to speak at an employment law seminar – Human Rights Act 1998, Implications for Employment Lawyers – at Red Lion Square in London. Details are available from the Mary Ward Legal Centre, on 0171 831 7079.

Quote of the week

“I am not a particular fan of global firms. We will probably get a better service from a smaller [firm] and a more focused approach for private companies.” – British Midland head of legal Tim Bye reveals that and the frantic international development carried out by expansionist City firms has all been in vain. Bye […]

Freeth Cartwright lawyers break away

The corporate crime and advocacy departments at leading 45-partner Nottingham practice Freeth Cartwright Hunt Dickins are forming a breakaway firm. Negotiations are in the final stages to create a new three-partner 10-lawyer firm, practising exclusively in corporate fraud, crime, advocacy and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. The new firm, to launch in January, will be called […]

Driving towards a better workplace

Increasingly sophisticated competitive forces in the global professional services arena, together with indications that the death of the hourly billing arrangement is nigh, are driving a relentless search for improved productivity to maintain and enhance high levels of profitability. Because of this, lawyers are now in the blessed position of being contactable night and day, […]

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