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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).



Yorkshire-based divorce lawyer Marilyn Stowe of Grahame Stowe Bateson had fun at the races recently when her firm sponsored the Strensall Stakes at York. The winner was popular cheeky chappie, and accomplished jockey Frankie Dettori. As you can see from the photo, Dettori was delighted at his victory – or is he just laughing uproariously […]

Linklaters still keen on Asia

LINKLATERS still has Asia set firmly in its sights. China has proven to be a lucrative market for Linklaters this summer. The firm recently advised Australia’s Telstra Corporation on its $254m (£135.6m) cash acquisition of a 51 per cent stake in China’s largest real estate and home improvement website, SouFun Holdings. Asia managing partner Simon […]

Mayer Brown nets heavyweight DC trade team

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s Washington DC office has scooped three prized trade partners from Miller & Chevalier, including its head of international trade litigation, Duane Layton. The team is completed by trade partners Sydney Mintzer and Jeffery Lowe. Both Layton and Lowe have valuable experience in the US Department of Commerce. Layton said: “Mayer […]

Hammonds reeling from double exit

Hammonds’ Manchester office has not managed to escape the recent flood of partner losses following the end of the firm’s equity partner lock-in on 31 July. The firm lost its respected regional corporate head Stephen Levy to Pinsent Masons and is set to bid farewell to fixed-share equity construction partner Sean McCay in October as […]

Scran maketh the man

Amid the money, suits and skyscrapers of the London legal world, it’s heartening to meet a man still in touch with his humble roots. And Nigel Savage, chief executive of the College of Law, is that man. When it comes to a working lunch, there will be no dim sum, sushi or blackened miso cod […]

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