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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).


Osborne Clarke’s financials tumble

Bristol-headquartered Osborne Clarke has seen significant falls in both turnover and profitability during the last financial year. The firm’s 2008-09 results show that turnover dropped by 12 per cent, from £95.3m to £84m, while average profit per equity partner plunged 36 per cent to £352,000. Managing partner Simon Beswick put the fall down to adverse market ­conditions, adding: […]


Camerons, DLA square up to Bulgarian court

Law Society joins UK firms’ fight against fines based on protectionism CMS Cameron McKenna and DLA Piper have vowed to fight the protectionist stance taken by local ­Bulgarian law firms after becoming embroiled in a turf war over practising in the country. Camerons and DLA Piper were among a group of four international firms fined by Bulgaria’s Competition […]


PEP falls 21 per cent at Pannone as revenue nudges up

Pannone brought in turnover of £52.5m in the 2008-09 financial year, a three per cent increase on the total of £50.8m for 2007-08. The firm’s profit margin has dropped from 27 per cent last year to 22 per cent this year. As a result average profits per equity partner (PEP) have fallen 21 per cent […]

2Birds’ expansionist strategy sees fee income rise by 30 per cent

Bird & Bird has announced a 29.7 per cent increase in gross revenue for the 2008-09 financial year. David Kerr Total turnover at the technology and IP-focused firm grew to £186.3m from £143.7m for the previous year. The firm said that 9 per cent of the increase in revenue could be put down to the […]

People moves

Richard Dinning (left) has been appointed as chairman of DMH ­Stallard, taking over from Derek ­Sparrow. Dinning was previously a real estate finance partner at Addleshaw Goddard. Move of the week His appointment comes as DMH Stallard looks to implement its ­latest three-year strategy, ­positioning itself as a “better value” alternative to magic circle and […]

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