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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).


Freshfields Paris team defects to Willkie Farr

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has lost a team of public law specialists in its Paris office to New York rival Willkie Farr & Gallagher. The team, which is thought to include around 10 associates, is headed by former environment, planning and regulatory group head Thierry Laloum, and energy and infrastructure project finance partner Amir Jahanguiri. It also includes Freshfields counsel […]

Firm leaders predict legal listings rush, survey finds

The majority of managing partners think firms will float on a stock market when external investment is allowed, but that none will admit to an interest. A survey by Vantis in association with the Managing Partners’ Forum (MPF) revealed that 88 per cent of managing partners and senior partners think firms will take advantage of the new […]

Things can only get better

The financial year ended last week in the usual flurry of bill-chasing, but the mood was more relaxed than I’ve seen for a while. It was certainly a whole lot happier than this time last year; the broad consensus is that most firms are expecting anything between a flat revenue performance to a drop of […]


Recruitment Table

Check out who is hiring and who is not among the top 50 with our new dedicated recruitment table FIRM TOTAL HIRES TOTAL PARTNERS TOTAL FEE-EARNERS TOTAL SUPPORTSTAFF TOTAL JOB LOSSES Addleshaw Goddard 46 5 26 20 120 Allen & Overy* 92 4 39 49 247 Ashurst* 66 6 38 28 25 Barlow Lyde & […]

Tim Lewis

Clifford Chance taps Macfarlanes for rare corporate partner hire

Veteran Macfarlanes partner Tim Lewis has left the firm to join Clifford Chance’s global corporate practice. Lewis has been with Macfarlanes’ M&A group since joining the firm in 1985, making partner nine years later. During his tenure he has specialised in public and private M&A and equity capital markets. Clifford Chance’s global head of corporate […]

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