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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).


US venture capital boutique launches into Beijing with DLA Piper duo

Silicon Valley-based Gunderson Dettmer has poached two partners from DLA Piper’s Beijing office to launch its first overseas presence in China’s capital city. Gunderson has hired DLA Piper’s former Beijing head of corporate Steve Liu and partner Chris Terry for the planned Beijing launch. Gunderson primarily offers legal services to entrepreneurs, emerging growth companies and […]


Clifford Chance’s Hyde to lead Asia Pac finance team

Clifford Chance is relocating its global head of restructuring and insolvency, Mark Hyde, to Hong Kong to lead its Asia Pacific finance team. Hyde will relocate to Hong Kong next year for a four-year term in the role. He replaces Huw Jenkins, who has led the firm’s Asia Pacific finance team since 2001. Jenkins will […]

Locke Lord London team joins Pinsents on motorbike brand sale

Pinsent Masons and a City team from US firm Locke Lord have advised on the sale from administration of the UK subsidiary of motorcycle clothing and accessories retailer Hein Gericke. A Pinsents team led by senior associate James Cameron advised Hein Gericke Motorcycle Equipment UK, a newco set up to acquire Hein Gericke UK, the […]


London Met granted permission to apply for JR over Border Agency

The London Metropolitan University (LMU) has been granted permission to apply for judicial review of the Border Agency’s decision to revoke its licence to sponsor international students. However, in a court hearing today (21 September), Mr Justice Irwin refused to grant interim relief to suspend the revocation of LMU’s licence. He did grant interim relief […]


Carnage at LawRocks as Squire Sanders snatches victory

There were ugly scenes at London’s iconic 100 Club last night as LawRocks debutante Squire Sanders snatched an unexpected, and in certain quarters highly unpopular, victory from hot favourites Landmark Chambers and the Practical Law Company. A packed crowd was divided along partisan lines between the wild cheers for the band from the US firm, […]

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