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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).


Kirkland reboots finance with Weil Gotshal hire

Kirkland & Ellis’ London office has replenished its banking capability by taking an of counsel from Weil Gotshal & Manges. John Markland, a UK-qualified specialist in acquisition and project finance joined Weil Gotshal in 2000 from Clifford Chance and will move to Kirkland as a partner. Markland’s appointment is a boost to Kirkland which last […]

SJ Berwin sustains more losses to Olswang

Olswang has taken another SJ Berwin lawyer, this time recruiting a film finance expert. SJ Berwin associate James Kay is joining Olswang where he will become a partner. Kay, on moving from Olswang, will be reunited with former SJ Berwin film finance partner Jacqueline Hurt. Since its inception in 1981, a plethora of lawyers have […]

Sidley Austin clients round on tax shelter ruling

More than 40 former Sidley Austin Brown & Wood clients are to appeal a ruling by a US federal judge last week, ordering the US firm to turn over clients’ names to the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) in relation to a tax shelter investigation. In November 2003 a Senate subcommittee report revealed that legacy firm […]

Eversheds and Wragges wrap up takeover of Mentmore

Eversheds and Wragge & Co have concluded the long-running takeover saga involving self-storage group Mentmore, which was finally sold last week to the Bridgepoint Capital-owned Safestore. Long-time Eversheds client Mentmore, which was purchased for £209m, had been up for grabs since late last year after a national newspaper reported that private equity house Terra Firma […]

Scabs’ cab tab

The corporate downturn certainly restricted the largesse of City lawyers when entertaining clients. But, with optimism returning, many have been spotted dusting down the corporate cards ready for action. Time, then, for a cautionary tale before you all get too carried away. Back in the day, firms’ key rainmakers could mix it with the best […]

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