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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).


DWF poaches seven more staff from Weightmans

A seven-strong team is to leave Weightmans for DWF, joining six insurance ­partners who last month decided to make an identical move. Weightmans” />A seven-strong team is to leave Weightmans for DWF, joining ;six ;insurance ­partners who last month decided to make an identical move. Five associates, a consultant and an executive from the public sector and […]

Herbert Smith Moscow hires A&O senior associate

Herbert Smith has hired a Moscow Allen & Overy senior associate as a partner for its Moscow office. Finance specialist Ed Baring’s move is intended to shore up the office’s finance capacity and will take the number of partners in Herbert Smith’s Moscow office to nine. Herbert Smith’s Moscow managing partner, Allen Hanen, said in […]

ACK Media Law

With a shelf full of champagne from people wishing them luck, ACK Media Law’s founders are still ­celebrating their split from Howard Kennedy this ­summer. The firm set up shop in July this year after Susan Aslan (pictured top left), Sue Charles (top right) and Hakan Kousetta (above) left the media and ­entertainment practice at […]

Wall St Woes: Banking it

A good chunk of New York’s elite firms shied away from the US Treasury bailout mandate because of conflicts. The likes of Sullivan & Cromwell, Davis Polk & Wardwell and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz simply have too many conflicting mandates on the multitude of meltdown instructions. But for M&A powerhouse Wachtell conflict issues was […]


Lord Hunt of Wirral: Mr Right

The Law Society is having a spat with the Solicitors Regulation Authority over its decision to carry out its own regulatory review. But in appointing Lord Hunt of Wirral to do it, at least it’s made a diplomatic choice. Earlier this year Fred Jacobs, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) director of inspection and regulation, met […]

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