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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).


Taylor Wessing poaches Osborne boss

Taylor Wessing has hired the founder of Osborne Clarke‘s insolvency department Patrick Cook as the new head of its reconstruction and corporate recovery (RCR) group in London. Cook will join Taylor Wessing in June and take over the running of the RCR group from Alison Goldthorp and Nick Moser. A highly rated insolvency and restructuring […]

Central and Eastern Europe

CEE to provide rich pickings for foreign players The accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the EU on 1 January provides opportunities for the many international law firms already operating in the jurisdiction. EU membership means the countries’ political and legal systems have to meet EU standards, which makes it simpler for international firms to […]

No compunction over BBC injunction

The rumpus over cash for honours has brought about an astonishing 48 hours for media lawyers. Friday’s injunction against the BBC was lifted at 2pm today, several hours after The Guardian hit the streets with its follow-up on the affair. The Lawyer understands that the BBC’s in-house legal team advised that since its best recourse […]

Simmons declares European intent with Spanish merger

Simmons & Simmons will merge with Spanish firm Mochales & Palacios Abogados to complete the first step in an ambitious European growth strategy it has set out for 2007. Simmons will parachute in global head of international projects Richard Armitage as the new regional managing partner to bolster integration efforts. Current Spain head Luis Felipe […]

MBRM’s equity partners become hot potatoes

Despite the most enduring M&A boom for years, it seems that sacking equity partners is all the rage. The City was just getting over The Lawyer’s February revelation that Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer would be getting rid of 100 partners, when The Lawyer hit the stands today with news of a Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw (MBRM) plan to chop 45 equity partners. See story.

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