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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).



Pannone swipes Beachcroft pair

Pannone has hired Dylan Quail as a partner and Chris Love as an assistant solicitor from Manchester rival Beachroft. Quail and Love will join Pannone’s corporate recovery team, which has profited from a successful year and has recently shored up the group with the hires of partner Amar Rashid and with partner Richard Drinkwater from […]

Nixon Peabody to launch in London

US firm Nixon Peabody has announced the launch of its first London office via an alliance with emerging markets boutique Trinity. The office, which is based in the City, will open with six lawyers including three US partners and the three UK-qualified partners, who set up Trinity in February 2006. Nixon Peabody chairman, Harry Trueheart, […]

Greenwoods launches in Manchester

Personal injury boutique Greenwoods is gearing up for aggressive growth after launching an office in Manchester. Greenwoods has recruited Beachcroft partner Mike Suddards to head its Manchester office, who leaves after 25 years with the firm. Suddards, a catastrophe personal injury (PI) specialist, joins Greenwoods with two members of his Beachcroft team: catastrophe PI specialist […]

Mayer Brown partner returns from Newcastle sojourn

Former Mayer Brown partner Michael Hutchinson has rejoined the firm following a brief spell in Dickinson Dees’ Newcastle office. Hutchinson, who first joined Mayer Brown in 2000 and made partner a year later, gave up a consultancy position with the firm in March to head up Dickinson Dees’ environmental and safety practice. Dickinson Dees senior […]

Gilbert & Tobin hires TwoBirds’ Asia corporate chief

Sydney-based Gilbert & Tobin has poached Bird & Bird’s Asia corporate head Julian Courtney-Stubbs and has launched an assault on its local rivals to bring in four more partners. Sydney-based Gilbert & Tobin has poached Bird & Bird’s Hong-Kong based Asia corporate group head Julian Courtney-Stubbs and has launched an assault on its local rivals […]

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