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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).


MoFo and Skadden answer calls for $20bn acquisition of US phone group

US firms Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) and Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom took the lead roles on a deal that sees Japanese telecoms group SoftBank enter the US market by acquiring a 70 per cent stake in American mobile carrier Sprint Nextel. The deal is valued at $20.1bn (£13.1bn) and will mark one of the […]

Eversheds bolsters Leeds team with DLA Piper hire

Eversheds has boosted its Leeds office with the addition of DLA Piper’s Manchester banking and finance litigation head. Tim Buckingham, who made partner at DLA Piper in 2001, joined Eversheds’ Leeds office as a partner in the financial services dispute resolution team this week. Buckingham acts for a range of institutional clients on mainstream banking […]


Withey exits Rangers trial as intervener application dropped

Former Collyer Bristow partner and ex-Rangers Football Club company secretary Gary Withey has dropped plans to join the £25m trial over the football club’s finances as a defendant. The Lawyer reported in August that proceedings had been delayed after Withey expressed a desire to defend himself against allegations regarding his conduct in a claim for […]

Jessica Farmer

Barnet and Harrow head of legal practice: Share option

Barnet and Harrow councils have merged their legal teams, and keeping things on track is head of legal Jessica Farmer Spending money wisely might not always have been the mantra du jour in the City, but would things have been different if that money had been public – if lawyers had to choose between spending […]

Lord Dyson MR

Dyson MR defends timetable for Jackson reforms in inaugural speech

The Court of Appeal will issue guidance through procedural cases outlining how Lord Justice Jackson’s litigation funding reforms are to be implemented, Lord Dyson has said in his first speech as Master of the Rolls. Dyson MR was appointed in August and took up the role on 1 October, succeeding Lord Neuberger, who has been […]

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