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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).



These days being a partner at a law firm can be a strange experience. These days being a partner at a law firm can be a strange experience. The current success being enjoyed by firms varies dramatically and who’s busy and who’s taking long lunches differs between departments. But there is something else going on […]

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Focus: Philip Trott, Taking the rap

Bates Wells & Braithwaite head of immigration Philip Trott has made a name for himself standing up for rappers’ rights Unlike most law­yers, Philip Trott, head of immigration at London firm Bates Wells & Braithwaite, has seen his fair share of gun barrels during his career. His most recent instruction came from rapper Busta Rhymes, […]


UK firms line up for Icelandic bank roles

Denton Wilde Sapte, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have snared key roles as the UK arms of two Icelandic banks at the heart of the country’s financial crisis are put into administration by regulators. Kaupthing Singer & Friedland and Heritable Bank, a UK subsidiary of Iceland’s Landsbanki, have both gone into administration this […]

Conyers sets up Mauritian outpost

Offshore firm Conyers Dill & Pearman has opened in Mauritius in a bid to bag work coming out of Asia. The move comes as ­Mauritius looks to revamp its legal sector (see box, right) to entice ­international firms to set up shop on the island and raise the profile of its financial services ­sector (The […]

A&O revisits HSBC tower sale with debt refinancing brief

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored the lead role on a deal to refinance the debt from the sale of the UK’s most expensive building, the HSBC Skyscraper at Canary Wharf. The ;mandate ;came through after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was conflicted out of the deal. HSBC called on Freshfields in May last year when it […]

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