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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).



Freshfields makes “radical” global corporate and litigation head appointments

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has chosen German partner Rick van Aerssen as the firm’s new corporate head to replace Edward Braham and litigation partner David Scott to succeed Christopher Pugh in a “radical” reshuffle.  Both Pugh and Braham are standing down at the end of their terms this year and will be replaced by a new […]

Collyer Bristow announces winner of Student Award 2014

The winner of the Collyer Bristow Student Award 2014 is Middlesex University graduate Chis Alton for his project ‘EDL’, or English Disco Lovers. With its ‘Don’t Hate! Gyrate!’ message, Alton’s work, which is based around the internet and social media ‘bombing’, is intended to tackle racism by drawing on the positivity of the disco music […]

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Top 10 stories: 3-9 October 2014

Our 10 biggest stories last week included flexible working, shock resignations and the collapse of Tods Murray. The way lawyers work affects everyone within the profession, and so the news that Mishcon de Reya is implementing three-day weeks and “unlimited” holidays drew in the readers and the comments last week. Opinion was divided over whether […]

Firms look for ways to support lawyers’ mental health

Today is World Mental Health Day. You’ve probably heard the stat that one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, while a survey this week by insurance firm Friends Life revealed that 40 per cent of those asked had concealed depression, anxiety or stress […]

Ogier Legal advises Goldman Sachs on issue of first ever sukuk

Ogier Legal in Cayman has advised Goldman Sachs International as arranger and lead manager on the issue of its first ever sukuk. The sukuk is based on a wakala structure with the underlying assets linked to commodities and raised $500m (£310m). Ogier’s role, led by Cayman Islands partner Angus Davison, was to form and organise […]

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