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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).


Rolling Rev Counter 2009

In September The Lawyer will publish the UK 200 Annual Report 2009, the definitive guide to the finances of the UK’s largest law firms. But with the financial reporting season now in full swing, the Rolling Rev Counter will keep you up to date with all the results as they happen. See how your firm […]


Clifford Chance faces law suit from redundant German partners

Two former Clifford Chance Germany partners have accused the firm of unfair dismissal in the wake of its global partnership restructuring. The Dusseldorf-based partners have filed claims of unfair dismissal against the magic circle firm. The claim centres on the fact that the duo were not equity partners. The pair claim that as non-equity partners […]

An Addleshaw thing

Earlier this summer The Lawyer reported that Addleshaw Goddard had shrunk its partnership by 19 since January this year. Today’s hire of Winston & Strawn partners Kent Phillips and Jamie Harrison proves that it’s not all going in one direction at the national firm (see story). The arrival of this pair coupled with the reduction […]


2Birds seals alliance with Chinese IP firm

Bird & Bird has formed an alliance with Beijing IP boutique Xiang Kung Law Firm, with the aim of strengthening its contentious capabilities in China. This is only the second international alliance formed by the expansionist UK firm, which has grown massively over the past few years via office launches. Earlier this year Bird & […]

Brittan’s got talent

Q: What have Kerry Katona and Bevan Brittan got in common? A: They both get their bills paid by Iceland. The South West firm suffered from post demerger stress disorder following its break up with Ashfords in 2004m. Back then net profit stood at £9.4m. The following years saw Bevan’s fortunes fall faster than a […]

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