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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).


French independent De Pardieu lands Jones Day tax expert

French independent De Pardieu Brocas Maffei has snagged a leading tax lawyer from Jones Day in Paris. Emmanuel Chauve joins De Pardieu to head up its tax practice, bringing with him a team including two senior tax associates from Jones Day and one from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Chauve came to Jones Day from EY Law, […]

NAO report into hospital PFI puts UK market on red alert

Ongoing refinancings stall in anticipation of damning report into hospital PFI. By Joanne O’Connor As if in need of any more drama, the UK’s PFI market is bracing itself for further criticism ahead of the latest National Audit Office (NAO) report, this one into the Darent Valley Hospital PFI. The NAO – the body that […]

Brobeck battle rages on as bankruptcy trustee seeks $275m

Ronald Greenspan, the trustee of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison’s bankruptcy estate, has escalated his attack on former Brobeck partners after launching actions to retrieve around US$275m in distributions and bonuses paid after the firm allegedly became insolvent. A portion of Brobeck’s debt to major creditor Citibank is also being sought from former partners. As reported […]

The work-life quiz

Christine Berry, managing partner, Taylor Vinters What was your first ever job?Assistant to the late Desmond Elliott, a publisher and literary agent. I was lucky to be one of his protégés at what was described in his obituaries last year as “The University of Publishing”. What was your worst experience as a trainee?I can’t honestly […]

Stelios attacks Norton Rose over alleged Stelmar conflict

Norton Rose over alleged Stelmar conflict” />Norton Rose last week denied conflict allegations levelled by easyGroup chairman and Norton Rose client Stelios Haji-Ioannou over work the firm has done for shipping company Stelmar. Norton Rose has been acting for Stelmar’s management in an investigation into allegations of improper conduct by members of the board relating […]

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