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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).



When they quit Baker & McKenzie in 2004 to launch litigation boutique Masseys, Gerald Cooke, Sean Upson and Jane Colston knew they were taking a risk. Less than four years later the firm has built a strong reputation among its London peers for its litigation expertise.

Firms cash in on Enodis selloff

Ashurst and Hammonds have joined the £1bn takeover battle for kitchen equipment maker Enodis. The London-listed company, advised by Ashurst corporate partners Richard Gubbins and Anthony Clare, has received a £1.03bn cash offer from Illinois Tool Works (ITW). ITW has turned to Hammonds corporate partners Giles Distin, Jane Haxby, Richard Burns and Simon Gordon to […]

Taylor Wessing posts 11 per cent revenue rise

Taylor Wessing has posted a double-digit increase in turnover, boosting global revenue by 11 per cent to hit a total of £180m. Taylor Wessing’s UK branch grew at a similar rate, posting a similar turnover increase of 11 per cent to reach £97.5m. This figure marks and increase of £7m from last year’s haul of […]

Separated at birth

Treading the boards has lost its shine for UK luvvie Derek Jacobi, who now finds himself overseeing the European expansion of Squire Sanders & Dempsey under the guise of Mark Cusick. Jacobi was a key part of the team that relaunched the firm’s presence in Kiev, hiring a team from local offering The Silecky Firm. […]

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