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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).


Just like starting over

Following a lengthy process of deliberation, US firm Proskauer Rose is on the verge of launching its London office, pinching O’Melveny & Myers private equity head Matthew Hudson to lead its assault on the London market. (see story) Hudson said he was excited about taking on a fresh challenge when he spoke exclusively to The […]

Norton Rose nets London planning head

English Heritage’s former legal chief, who joined Howard Kennedy 13 months ago, is set to join Norton Rose as a senior associate. Nigel Hewitson, who moved to Howard Kennedy to launch a dedicated planning department last July, will head a new London planning practice at Norton Rose. Hewitson’s hire was seen as a major coup […]

London Mid-Market

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is a very different firm from what it was five years ago. Back then DWS was the twelfth-largest law firm in the UK, with offices across Asia and an extensive European network. Its peers were the likes of Ashurst, Norton Rose, Simmons & Simmons and SJ Berwin. The past five years […]

Rising 100

It must be pretty galling for an equity partner at a top 20 City firm to see a counterpart in a niche or regional firm take home a bigger share of the firm’s profit. Especially if that partner is at a firm in the lower half of The Lawyer’s UK 200 and with a revenue […]

Bakers assists in refugee’s fight against detention in the UK

Baker & McKenzie has represented the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in an appeal in the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The UNHCR was representing Dr Shayan Saadi, an Iraqi doctor of Kurdish origin, who sought asylum in the UK in 2000. After he was temporarily admitted to the […]

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