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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).


Magic circle dominates 2006 Lawyer Awards

Clifford Chance scooped the top prize at The Lawyer Awards last week, winning Law Firm of the Year after a stellar 12 months. Senior partner Stuart Popham collected the trophy from the evening’s host, impressionist Rory Bremner, at the end of a sparkling event at The Grosvenor House Hotel. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was the other […]

General Motors brings in new GC

General Motors (GM) has appointed Jenner & Block head of corporate Robert Osborne as its new general counsel. Osborne, who has advised the company for more than 20 years, will join in September. He replaces Tom Gottschalk, who will remain with the company as head of law and public policy. Osborne will report to Gottschalk […]

LeBoeuf raises NQ salaries in London to match US peers

LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae has matched other US firms in London by raising its newly qualified (NQs) salary to £75,000. The US firm has raised its NQ salary by £10,000 on its previous rate, and increased trainee salaries up from £33,000 and £37,000 for first and second years to £36,000 and £39,000 respectively. This […]

Councils appeal for barristers

The bar is becoming increasingly commercial and clients are starting to take advantage of that, particularly in the public sector. Some months ago, Hackney Borough Council announced that it was forming a panel of barristers, and now three Midlands councils are following suit. Derby, Leicester and Stoke-on-Trent councils began tendering for chambers to join their […]

A&O confirms 20 per cent PEP rise

Magic circle firm Allen & Overy (A&O) has posted double digit growth in both its turnover and profit but it still lags behind its magic circle rivals. As first revealed in The Lawyer on Monday (July 3) A&O has seen average profit per equity partner (PEP) jump by 20 per cent from £656,000 to £787,000 […]

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