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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).


Bye Bye Herbie

The Stibbe partner who was in charge of Herbert Smith’s now defunct international alliance is leaving the firm to establish his own boutique firm after deciding to seek a new challenge. Stibbe partner Olivier Clevenbergh, who was secretary general in charge of the alliance between his firm, Herbert Smith and Gleiss Lutz, said that he’s […]


Ashurst wins $700m finance role for Brazil’s Petra after taking on legal chief as secondee

Ashurst and SNR Denton have landed UK roles on a finance agreement that sees Citibank provide an affiliate of Brazilian oil and gas group Petra Energia with an estimated $703.6m (£452.6m) credit line to fund its exploration projects. Citi’s New York branch has entered into a secured credit agreement with Stein SP Participações, with the […]


Clifford Chance and Linklaters lead as Lloyds offloads retail branches to Co-op

Clifford Chance and Linklaters have taken lead roles on an agreement that will see Lloyds Banking Group offload 632 of its branches to the Co-operative Group, a move that gives Co-op around 7 per cent of the UK current account market. The deal will see the Co-op triple the size of its banking presence to […]


Lewis Silkin, Malik Law and Landmark act as Supreme Court crushes UK immigration policy

The Supreme Court has told the Government that its current immigration practices are unlawful. The UK’s highest court today handed down judgment in the case of Pakistani migrant Mr Alvi versus Home Secretary Theresa May, ruling that immigration restrictions based on jobs and salaries had not been laid before Parliament as they should. Zane Malik […]


Linklaters kicks off Italy disputes practice with hire from ex-ally Gianni

Linklaters is set to launch an Italian litigation practice with the hire of Milan partner Alessandro Villani from former ally-turned-adversary Gianni Origoni Grippo Cappelli & Partners. Villani, a former Allen & Overy senior associate, will join the magic circle firm as a partner later this year, with an exact starting date unconfirmed. He focuses on […]

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