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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).


QBE International

Norton Rose clinched QBE International Insurance as a client when it pitched to advise on its bid for UK insurer Limit, which turned out to be the biggest take-over in the Lloyd’s market. That deal closed last summer and this time QBE came to Norton Rose with a proposal.`The deal is unusual because the acquisition […]

Straining training

If you, like Tulkinghorn, have spent many hours pondering over just what amazing skills trainees must have to command salaries of £30,000 plus, then the experiences of those at Wedlake Bell will help.`The City firm’s corporate finance team recently hosted a spring reception for journalists and clients at which Tulkinghorn unearthed the true value of […]

Keeble Hawson targets licensed trade following John Gaunt hire

Sheffield and Leeds firm Keeble Hawson has launched a new property capability targeting the licensed trade. The move follows the hire of a partner from niche practice John Gaunt & Partners.`John Steer joins Keeble Hawson’s four-partner property department as a salaried partner based in Sheffield.`Steer was a partner at Sheffield-based John Gaunt for two years […]

US firms pay a packet in London

US firms in London are paying their lawyers bumper bonuses and increasingly paying salaries well above their UK rivals, according to a survey by recruitment consultants Taylor Root.`The 2001 survey of US law firms in London, conducted in association with The Lawyer, shows that 72 per cent of US firms now pay mid-Atlantic or New […]

… and a cuddly toy

We have a winner. In fact, we have two winners of Tulkinghorn’s latest competition to find a suitable anagram for Patrick Farrant, Eversheds’ national head of biosciences and a dead ringer for Nigel Short.`While Tulkinghorn found the chess grandmaster could easily become ‘English rot’, a ‘loser thing’ or indeed an ‘honest girl’, he struggled with […]

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