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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).


Norton Rose in Moscow full-service vow

Norton Rose has pledged to turn its Moscow office into a full-service offering within 18 months and to double its headcount to 60 lawyers in the process. Andrei ;Yakovlev, ;a ­partner in Moscow who relocated from London in April, said Norton Rose ­currently has four partners in the region and plans to ramp this number […]

Bar Standards Board chair, vice-chair step down

The Bar Standards Board (BSB) will have its first leadership change since its inception in 2005 after the chair and vice-chair decided not to stand again. Ruth Evans, deputy chair of the OFCOM consumer panel, and George Leggatt QC of Brick Court chambers, chair and vice-chair of the BSB respectively, will step down when their […]

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 […]


Mayfair lady: Forsters

Sophie Hamilton’s vision of a private client and property practice failed to convince the City elite, so when she co-founded Forsters she chose London’s hotel district as its home. Forsters” class=”inline_image inline_image_left” src=”/pictures/web/images/13472_22_forsters.gif” />Walking through the front doors of Forsters’ Mayfair offices is a bit like walking into a hotel. The décor is in stark […]

Ibiza discovered

Tulkinghorn is a veteran of the clubbing scene. He has been to the Garrick, the Athenaeum and Boodles, and enjoys crawling home in the early hours of the morning full of a fine port. But he’s interested in a new club that has opened on the small Spanish island of Ibiza, called ­Manumission. Apparently all […]

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