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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).

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The speed read: A Mayfair exit; exam news; and planning ahead

With plenty of students set to receive exam results over the next month, the SRA had its own news on how much it is likely to cost to qualify as a solicitor. These were the top five reads from this week. The path to the new SQE has been long – and widely debated It […]

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Travers’ PEP drops 20 per cent ending 10-year growth streak

Travers Smith’s average profit per equity partner dropped back down to £1m over 2019/20, as revenue fell for the first time in a decade. The latest financials are a setback from 2018/19 when Travers’ revenue had increased 11 per cent from £147m to £162.5m, while average profit per equity partner saw a 4 per cent uplift […]

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Mayer Brown and BCLP lead on sale of Morgan Stanley’s City HQ

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) and Mayer Brown acted on Link REIT’s £383.6m acquisition of 25 Cabot Square in Canary Wharf. The acquisition of the 17-floor office complex, which houses Morgan Stanley’s HQ, marks the Hong Kong-based investment trust’s entry into Europe. Mayer Brown acted for Link, Asia’s largest real estate investment trust, led by […]

Hogan Lovells to trial 15 per cent capacity in office pilot

Hogan Lovells is starting to allow between 10 and 15 per cent of its UK staff back into its premises, as part of a trial that will include rotations. The firm has opened premises in London and Birmingham. The pilot runs on a voluntary basis and following a rota system; the numbers of people allowed […]

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