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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).


Paul Hastings advises as Zynga sues former manager

Paul Hastings is advising US social gaming company Zynga on a lawsuit that sees the company allege that one of its former managers took trade secrets to a rival company. In the filing Zynga alleges that Alan Patmore, the former head of Zynga’s CityVille games, copied 760 company files into his DropBox storage account with […]

Osborne Clarke eyes European integration with financial year shift

Osborne Clarke will switch to a December financial year-end for internal purposes as part of a move to integrate its expanded European operations. The firm is set to calculate results on a calendar-year basis from this December, bringing together the accounting systems for its UK, Italian, German and Spanish bases. The UK partnership currently operates […]


Good offices

Making the most of your office space is a management priority these days, as exclusive new data in the UK 200 reveals In this year’s The Lawyer UK 200 annual report we broke new ground – almost literally. Alongside the usual questions about turnover, profit and number of equity partners, for the first time we […]

Kennedys in merger talks with Gates and Partners

Aviation firm Gates and Partners has entered into merger talks with Kennedys. It is understood that the talks are at an early stage but if a deal was to go ahead Kennedys would gain a foothold in the aerospace and aviation sector, a significant area for the Lloyd’s of London insurance market. Gates and Partners […]

Bryan Hughes

Support in a storm

Eversheds boss Bryan Hughes talks about leadership in a global downturn Has the prospect of running a law firm become that unattractive? The number of uncontested management elections at firms this year suggests so. Allen & Overy’s management duo both sailed back into office in January, as did Addleshaw Goddard managing partner Paul Devitt. Nobody […]

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