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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).


Dawsons’ tweak

It was almost an historic occasion last Tuesday night (23 January) when private client aficionado Dawsons nearly celebrated its 300th birthday with a bash in the old-world splendour of the Wallace Collection. Nearly, that is, because at the last moment the firm realised it wasn’t actually 300 years’ old. In fact, the firm’s website now […]

Camerons gets twitchy as profit stagnates

When CMS Cameron McKenna last made a lateral hire, managing partner Dick Tyler told The Lawyer that the firm’s all-equity partnership was “a big carrot” in attracting laterals. That carrot has gone. See story Camerons has endured a sluggish six months in the best market for years (its half-year revenue rose by just 6 per […]


Blackstone wins landmark sex case for Nomura

Blackstone Chambers scored a landmark victory today for Nomura as the Court of Appeal rejected all grounds of appeal in a long-running six-figure sex discrimination case against the bank. The judgment in the case of Andrea Madarassy v Nomura International was handed down by Lord Justices Mummery, Laws and Maurice Kay and upheld the two-stage […]

Simpson Thacher ups associate pay

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has hiked associate salaries by 10 per cent as the battle for New York talent hots up. Simpson Thacher has raised newly qualified associate salaries to $160,000 (£81,000), with salaries rising on a sliding scale so that those with nine years’ experience will receive $290,000 (£146,000), as first revealed on www.thelawyer. […]

Herbies helps Tata seal £6.7bn Corus deal

Indian conglomerate and Herbert Smith client Tata emerged triumphant in an eight-hour £6.7bn auction for Anglo-Dutch steelmaker Corus last night. The auction concluded a strung-out battle for Corus that pitched Tata against Brazilian miner Companhia Siderugica Nacional (CSN), advised by Macfarlanes. Corus instructed Slaughter and May, with partners Anthony Newhouse and Andrew Balfour on the […]

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