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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).



Brodies appoints former Glasgow DLA Piper corporate partner

Brodies has hired DLA Piper partner Neil Burgess into its corporate team. Burgess, who will be based in Glasgow, specialises in acquisitions, disposals and investments in numerous UK and international transactions. He was at DLA for eight years, six and a half of which were as a partner, having previously worked at Australian commercial law […]

Shale gas — tax breaks and planning guidance certainty

On 19 July 2013, HM Treasury published a consultation on a new fiscal regime for shale gas. On the same day, and to much less fanfare, the Department of Communities and Local Government issued guidance on how shale gas (and other onshore oil and gas) developments should proceed through England’s planning system. With the former […]

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DWF axes 38 roles in second redundancy round this year

DWF has scrapped a total of 38 roles across the firm following redundancy consultations in May.  The firm announced two rounds of cuts in May putting roles at risk in Coventry, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Teesside.  In Edinburgh, which was the first to launch a redundancy consultation (14 May 2013) associate positions in the banking […]

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Dillon Eustace and SullCrom join A&L Goodbody and Cadwalader on Elan acquisition

Sullivan & Cromwell and Dillon Eustace have taken the lead roles for US pharmaceutical company Perrigo as it acquires Irish-headquartered biotechnology company Elan. The two firms join A&L Goodbody and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, which have retained their roles as advisers for Elan following the failure of a hostile takeover bid by Royalty Pharma earlier […]


So when will the regulator intervene?

Squeezed SRA thinks twice about intervening when firms face bankruptcy That the small to mid-tier law firm sector is feeling the pinch hardly stops the presses, but financial constraints are arguably putting clients at risk as the profession’s policeman has to weigh up the cost implications of potential interventions when practices are in trouble. Drama […]

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