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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).


Linklaters reveals transatlantic PwC team

And then there were more. Linklaters reveals transatlantic PwC team” />And then there were more. The Linklaters team advising ­PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on Lehman Brothers’ bankruptcy just keeps on growing. As revealed two weeks ago (, 19 September), the firm has already put a mega 20-partner, 60-associate team on the matter in London. Last week the […]


Three partners quit Hammonds

Three partners have resigned from Hammonds after the firm’s partnership lock in for this year expired at the end of September. Manchester corporate finance partner Gregg Davison is set to leave Hammonds for Pinsent Masons, while Leeds pensions partner Terry Saeedi is still negotiating her leaving terms. Birmingham dispute resolution partner Ann Benzimra has resigned […]

Akin Gump launches in Abu Dhabi

Akin Gump Strauss & Hauer has opened its first office in Abu Dhabi, sending in lawyers from its US and UK offices for the launch. The firm has transferred New York partner Natasha Kohne to be managing partner of the new office. Kohne is accompanied by Los Angeles partner Lee Kolodny and New York partner […]

SJ Berwin mulls of counsel position

SJ Berwin has set up a firmwide associate focus group to decide whether an of counsel role should be introduced. With ;partnership prospects worsening across the market, the 15-associate alternative career path working group will debate the merit of the new role as either an additional position or an alternative route to partnership The firm […]

Herbert Smith stuck with litigation tag despite corporate prowess

Herbert Smith’s corporate practice is unlikely to threaten the magic circle this year, but the firm has won enough mandates on big-ticket deals to make its rivals sit up and take notice. Over the past year alone it has guided Resolution though one of the most hotly contested takeovers of recent times; advised Canada Life […]

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