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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).


Former Nokia IP head joins Powell Gilbert

IP boutique Powell Gilbert has recruited Nokia’s former head of IP litigation as its seventh partner. Finnish national Ari Laakkonen joined the firm yesterday from the London office of Bird & Bird, where he spent a year as senior European counsel. “We’re looking to grow IT and electronics,” said founding partner Penny Gilbert. “We’re often […]

Nabarro hires Dechert real estate head

Nabarro has made a significant hire in its property group, poaching Dechert‘s UK real estate chief Ciaran Carvalho. Carvalho will joins Nabarro’s property group as a partner, having served as head of real estate at Dechert for six years. Nabarro senior partner Simon Johnston said: “Ciaran has a fine reputation and is a well-known and […]

Facing the music

How did Freeth Cartwright manage to avoid making redundancies until now, while the rest of UK’s real estate teams have been making cuts for more than a year? With around 35 per cent of Freeth Cartwright’s revenues coming from real estate, the firm has, finally, been forced to face the economic music. Corresponding to the […]

Clifford Chance cash call was £60m

Clifford Chance cash call was £60m” />Clifford Chance partners raised a total of £60m in their November cash call, The Lawyer can reveal. The amount raised equates to an average of £150,000 per equity partner, not the £100,000 per partner as has been previously speculated. Managing partner David Childs (pictured) told The Lawyer: “The finance […]

Freeth Cartwright begins redundancy talks with 60

Regional firm Freeth Cartwright has begun a redundancy consultation process with 60 staff, 15 of whom are lawyers. East midlands-based Freeth Cartwright has begun a redundancy consultation process with 60 staff, 15 of whom are lawyers. The redundancies are expected to affect the firm’s offices in Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, with staff in Manchester and […]

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