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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).


Herbies woos Russian banking star

Herbert Smith has bolstered its growing Moscow practice with the hire of a senior in-house lawyer from Renaissance ­Capital, one of Russia’s largest investment banks. Evgeny ­Zelensky, a ­former Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton lawyer, was co-head of legal and compliance at Renaissance from October 2004 until June this year. He will join the capital markets […]

Jones Day City litigator Pearson seconded to NY

Jones Day has bulked up its cross-border litigation expertise in the USA, seconding a London litigator to the New York office. London partner Stephen Pearson will be resident in New York for two years to strengthen the firm’s transatlantic litigation team. Jones Day New York litigation partner, Jay Tambe, said: “We have an excellent litigation […]

Ashurst, Lovells land LV’s highway takeover

Ashurst and Lovells have won places on Liverpool Victoria’s (LV) £150m acquisition of the Highway Insurance Group in the latest of a flurry of deals in the insurance sector. Highway called on Ashurst corporate partner John Earle, while Lovells corporate partner Richard Lewis acted for long-time client LV, the UK’s largest friendly society. Lewis said: […]

Gibson Dunn pounces for SEC director Schonfeld

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has snared New York Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regional director Mark Schonfeld as a partner in its litigation group. After a 12 year career at the SEC, Schonfeld will join the US firm in November to co-chair its securities enforcement practice group alongside Washington DC partner Barry Goldsmith. Schonfeld will […]


Making the right connections is key to conquering Saudi legal market

Merely having a presence in the kingdom is not enough THE GULF region is increasingly hailed by international law firms as a ­crucial part of their respective global growth strategies. Rich and growing markets boosted by ­massive hydrocarbon wealth at a time of near-record oil and gas prices; high birth rates; a rocketing standard of […]

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