Latest Briefings

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).


Leeds United

Former Islamic bank GC arrested in Dubai over Leeds United sale allegations

The former general counsel of Islamic bank Gulf Finance House (GFH) Capital David Haigh has been arrested in Dubai, reportedly in relation to alleged financial irregularities surrounding GFH’s ownership and sale of Leeds United Football Club.  Haigh, who was once managing director of Leeds United, was arrested three days ago. He is understood to have […]

Gateley has record year of fundraising

Following a record-breaking fundraising year, Gateley has handed over a cheque for more than £1,700 to Maggie’s Nottingham Cancer Centre. The centre provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends. Every year, each of the firm’s regional offices nominates a local charity to benefit its fundraising efforts. Fundraising for Maggie’s […]


Lost lawyers return to the fold

Firms welcome back lawyers as economy perks up Does absence make the heart grow fonder or is it simply that the country is back in growth mode?  Several lawyers are returning to jobs they left during the recession. In the past month, Taylor Wessing, Covington & Burling and Mayer Brown have all welcomed back old […]

DLA Piper building

DLA partner in Scudamore scandal: “I let myself, my firm and its clients down”

DLA Piper partner Nick West has apologised for failing to uphold professional standards after being found to have exchanged sexist emails with Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore in revelations last week. Following a review into the incident a DLA Piper spokesperson said: “We have concluded that there was a failure to meet the high […]

Cat Griffiths index

The power of working in concert

Our new industry leaders’ viewpoint page (p10 in this issue) is going down a storm among readers, not least because our participants refuse to sit on the fence. First, we had Sir Nigel Knowles saying he thought fracking was a good idea, but that the Foreign Office’s idea to introduce new contract sanctions was dangerous. […]

Recruit legal talent

Get your role in front of over 300,000 legal professionals when you advertise with The Lawyer. Our team of experts provide bespoke solutions to help solve all your recruitment challenges.

Find out more