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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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G.Network appoints inaugural GC

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DWF’s financials stabilise after bumpy end to 2019/20

DWF’s trading performance for the first quarter of 2020/21 has improved after a series of cost-cutting measures and international closures, while its net debt soared over the last financial year. In 2019/20, DWF saw revenue increase by almost 11 per cent, in a year in which it faced headwinds caused by the coronavirus and a […]

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HSF and DACB in and Addleshaws out: Sainsbury’s cuts panel roster by a third

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s has handed panel places to eight firms, including longstanding advisers Linklaters and a new spot for DAC Beachcroft. Places on the panel last for three years, with Linklaters the only magic circle firm to secure a spot. CMS and Dentons have also been reappointed, while Herbert Smith Freehills is another big City […]

Houses of Parliament

Hitachi Rail GC hired for Houses of Parliament restoration project

Westminster Palace has found a general counsel to oversee the £4bn restoration of the Houses of Parliament, almost four months after kicking off the search. The project marks one of the biggest renovation undertakings ever carried out in the UK. The legal head driving it from the autumn will be Jane Mee, who was previously […]

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Clifford Chance scoops up more UK Government work with new £3m mandate

Clifford Chance has taken on its second Brexit-related mandate for the UK Government in a matter of months, this time striking a contract with a maximum value of £3m. The magic circle firm has won advisory work for the Department for International Trade, as the institutional body seeks to develop a new trade and investment […]

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