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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).



Good offices

Making the most of your office space is a management priority these days, as exclusive new data in the UK 200 reveals In this year’s The Lawyer UK 200 annual report we broke new ground – almost literally. Alongside the usual questions about turnover, profit and number of equity partners, for the first time we […]

Raj Koria

Work Life Quiz: Raj Koria, Halebury

What was your first ever job? When at school, one summer I worked as a postman in Birmingham. What was your worst experience as a trainee? I really enjoyed my training, but my most disappointing experience was my only shot at advocacy. I had to make a fairly routine application, but I prepared well and […]

Doughty Street forges alliance with Dutch firm to boost civil liberties practice

Doughty Street Chambers and Dutch firm Böhler Advocaten have formed an alliance, pooling their resources on humanitarian and civil liberties work. To begin with Doughty Street and Böhler, which both specialise in human rights and civil liberties work, will focus on knowledge-sharing and networking, with barristers and lawyers combining on joint campaigns and conferences. There […]

Michael Oppenhoff

Oppenhoff & Partner to open in Frankfurt with Sidley hire

Oppenhoff & Partner will open an office in Frankfurt next year with the hire of Sidley Austin’s regional managing partner Oliver Kessler. Kessler, a specialist in cross-border M&A and financial markets transactions, helped Sidley launch its Frankfurt base in 2006 when he joined the US firm from legacy Hogan Lovells firm Lovells, where he was […]


Let’s get ready to grumble

Partners may not like it, but new banking rules will affect their borrowings The Basel III rules on capital requirements for banks, due to come into force in January, will have a wide-ranging effect on the finance industry, but law firm partners could bear the brunt of the changes too. The nature of professional practice […]

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