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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).


Goldman restructuring head rejoins Kirkland

Goldman Sachs restructuring supremo James Sprayregen has shocked the New York legal market with a return to his former law firm, Kirkland & Ellis. Sprayregen was co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Americas restructuring group for the past three years, after leaving Kirkland & Ellis to join the bank in 2006. He will rejoin the firm this […]

Switzerland Special Report: Crisis? What crisis?

As some European lawyers fret about where their next instruction is coming from, their Swiss colleagues are busy burning the midnight oil. Speak to many lawyers in Switzerland and you’ll be left wondering what all the fuss is about elsewhere. This small, wealthy and famously neutral country has plenty of lawyers doing plenty of work, […]

Transatlantic litigation: In hot dispute

UK litigators at US firms are overwhelmed with credit crunch-related disputes, but do any of them have a truly transatlantic practice? When I meet Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft partner Tom O’Riordan it is two days since Iceland made its dramatic contribution to the global financial crisis, and O’Riordan has been up all night counselling clients […]

Weil London gains one new partner

Weil Gotshal & Manges has gained one new partner in its London office as part of a promotions round that has seen its partnership headcount increase by seven. Of counsel Joanne Etherton (pictured), who joined the firm from Clifford Chance in 2000, has made partner within the firm’s London corporate pensions practice. She takes up […]

Matrix grows to 60-barrister outfit

Matrix Chambers has passed the 60-barrister mark with the hire of four new members as the former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald QC returns to the set. The new members include Farrer & Co competition ­specialist Christopher Brown and Furnival Chambers’ Mark Summers, who practises in serious crime, anti-terrorism and extradition. The trio […]

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