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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).


Can pro bono be saved

Last year the Solicitors’ Pro Bono Group faced collapse due to a lack of support. Dominic Egan reports on the latest attempt to revive its fortunes. Gross fees for the top dozen firms ranged from £115m to £442m during 1998-99, according to The Lawyer 100, and the average equity partner earned more than £450,000 in […]


Norton Rose advised Forsakringsbolaget SPP omsesidigt (SPP) and its investment manager Celexa REIM on the £25.5m purchase of White Lion Retail Park. David Sinclair, property partner at Norton Rose, led a team of five on the deal. Osborne Clarke, acted for the seller Wilson Bowden Developments.

Clifford Chance lose Russian tax head

Roger Fort will be the managing director of Deloitte’s tax work in Moscow, Kiev, St Petersburg and Almaty. Fort, who helped establish Clifford Chance’s Russian practice in November 1997, says his new post is within a much more established practice and will cover a much wider geographical area. He says his new job will be […]

Chadbourne & Parke sued by ex-partner

Stuart A Rosenthal claims he was wrongfully ousted by the firm in violation of the partnership agreement. Chadbourne & Parke however, claims he resigned voluntarily. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn dismissed an action for legal malpractice brought by Rosenthal against the firm, but allowed trial to go ahead over the wrongful dismissal allegations. Rosenthal […]

Macfarlanes wins work on £1bn French takeover

Macfarlanes has scooped a new client – and a £1bn deal. Macfarlanes has been chosen by Compagnie de Saint -Gobain, a French building materials supplier, to handle its bid for UK company Meyer International. The French company usually uses Slaughter and May for its UK legal work. Slaughters has not missed out on the cross-border […]

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