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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).


Simmons, DWS launch Middle East tit-for-tat swoops

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has snared Simmons & Simmons’ former Abu Dhabi managing partner just as Simmons has poached a DWS Dubai corporate partner. Andrew Ward has left Simmons to head DWS’s Abu Dhabi office, while DWS Dubai corporate partner Tom Deegan is heading to Simmons to help rebuild its dwindling Hong Kong office. Ward, […]

Epp V Pep

It was a breakthrough year for the top firms inthe UK, with the global elite (Allen & Overy(A&O), Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters) each posting a PEP in excess of £1m in the same year for the first time. But is that a true and accurate figure? The answer is ‘yes’, if you […]

Unknown Freshfields claim comes to light

Star banking partner David Ereira filed a discrimination claim against his former firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer as he made the rare move across to magic circle rival Linklaters earlier this year. Ereira filed his claim in March at the Central London Employment Tribunal, advised by Fox Williams employment partner Anne Pritam. Ereira left Freshfields in […]

From OIK to a King

King & Spalding’s launch in Germany is noteworthy for a number of reasons. (See story). Its hire of Heuking corporate partner Michael Prinz zu Lowenstein gives it instant credibility in Frankfurt. However, the recruitment of the in-house team of real estate fund Oppenheim Immobilien-Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, or OIK (never were we more glad to see an acronym), […]

Marked increase in employment tribunal cases

Employment tribunal cases continued to rise during 2006-07, up 15 per cent on the previous year, figures from the Tribunals Service have revealed. During the last financial year, the number of cases brought to tribunals totalled 132,577 while the number of cases disposed of also rose, up 19 per cent from 86,083 in 2005-06 to […]

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