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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).



Allen & Overy and Freshfields lead as Virgin Money buys Northern Rock

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both had key roles advising on Virgin Money’s acquisition of nationalised bank Northern Rock, with the deal officially unveiled this morning. Virgin Money will pay £747m for Northern Rock – the ’good half’ of the bank that includes its 75 branches – creating an entity with four […]


Focus: Legal Process Outsourcing – Distance earning

LPO is booming, but as a new report highlights, there is more to consider when going outside than cost savings Managing partners talk about the primacy of culture and quality over costs when entering into alternative sourcing arrangements such asoutsourcing, offshoring and nearshoring, but one look at figures exclusively provided to The Lawyer by management consultancy OMC Partners […]

Alex Brassey

Opinion: Politicians should put up collateral if they want to buy votes

The world has been in some sort of crisis or other since 2008. The reason? Debt. Initially it became clear that too much money had been lent to subprime ­borrowers in the mortgage market. Governments in many cases had to stand in to ensure bank solvency. The latest phase of the crisis, however, is not […]


CC partner dishes up the food of love

Clifford Chance staff are ­getting a treat, being spoilt with a series of lunchtime concerts by eminent musicians. The initiative is spearheaded by enigmatic and passionate Clifford Chance capital markets partner Esther Cavett, a former professional musician and lecturer in music at the University of Oxford. Last week staff, clients and local schoolchildren were invited […]

Harvey Kass

Daily Mail legal chief quits after 17 years at the helm

Associated Newspapers’ long-standing legal chief Harvey Kass is to leave the newspaper group after more than two decades. Kass has spent over 20 years at the newspaper group, the last 17 as head of legal, and is widely regarded as a stalwart of the Fleet Street legal scene. Under his reign journalists at Associated publications […]

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