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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).


Baker & McKenzie edges in on Interbrew Bass challenge

Belgian brewer Interbrew has called in Baker & McKenzie to work alongside Simmons & Simmons on its judicial review. Simmons boasts Interbrew as one of its biggest clients, and has so far been running the entire case, challenging the Government’s decision to block Interbrew’s acquisition of Bass Brewers. Now Interbrew has called in Baker & […]

Charles Russell lands Ericsson work

Charles Russell has joined City big boys Slaughter and May and Clifford Chance to work on telecoms giant Ericsson’s latest deal. Ericsson is selling Ericsson’s Enterprise Solutions to Apax Partners Funds for $480m (£330.7m). Ericsson will retain a 20 per cent stake in the newco, Enterprise Solutions. Ericsson is being advised by Slaughter and May, […]

Lord Irvine takes up cause for specialist court in Birmingham

A leading Birmingham set has set up a taskforce to justify the introduction of the only administrative court outside London following discussions with the Lord Chancellor. Lord Irvine expressed an interest after the submissions of planning and environmental barristers Jeremy Cahill and Ian Dove of 5 Fountain Court. He visited the set after attending the […]

Senior partner retires from Wiggin & Co

Leading media and entertainment boutique Wiggin & Co’s senior partner is departing. Nic Stones is stepping down after 15 years in the role and will retire from the firm. Head of media and entertainment Tim Osborne will replace him. Osborne, who joined in 1979 from Lovell White & King (now Lovells), will continue to head […]

New-generation silks muscle in on top dogs

The bar’s heavyweights are being edged out of work from the leading City firms in favour of a new crop of leader silks. The results of a survey by The Lawyer reveal that heavyweight silks Lord Grabiner QC (One Essex Court), Gordon Pollock QC (Essex Court), Jonathan Sumption QC (Brick Court) and Lord Goldsmith QC […]

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