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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).


Panel beaters

While half the City enjoys some time off for half-term and Halloween, the world of in-house is not so quiet. While half the City enjoys some time off for half-term and Halloween, the world of in-house is not so quiet. The news last week that Transocean general counsel Nick Deeming handed in his resignation less […]

Herbert Smith Freehills and MoFo complete standout HK IPO for Fosun

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) have advised on the IPO of Shanghai-based Fosun Pharmaceutical Group on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, a deal that raised HK$3.97bn (£318m). MoFo teamed up with Shanghai-based PRC firm Chen & Co to advise the issuer. The US firm’s team was led by Hong Kong corporate […]

Pedro Aguiar de Freitas

From darkness into light

A big corruption case in Brazil is raising the profile of the justice system – and respect for the rule of law The 1980s was a lost decade for Brazil and several other Latin American countries. It was a period of high unemployment, the IMF code of conduct, fiscal austerity, recession and public demonstrations. Sound […]

New Multi-media Directory provides Marketing Platform for the High Street Legal Practice

LawPlayer, a full services digital marketing company, have launched a national multi-media directory for the legal sector. has been created to provide a marketing platform for independent legal providers across the country. A high street law ‘shop window’ facility without price comparison. The introduction of Alternative Business Structures (ABS) presents a real threat to […]

China’s premier turns to lawyers from Jun He and Grandall amid New York Times row

It’s only a week before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China commences in Beijing, where the country’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition will take place. The event has already drawn global attention to China. Last Friday, a New York Times story that claimed that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s family has amassed huge wealth […]

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