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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).


HR & Training Special Report: Tapping talent

As the nature of lawyers’ client-facing work has evolved, so too should the role of the legal secretary, who can and should be utilised in a more supportive function for a greater number of lawyers. By Clodagh Beaty The traditional typing-heavy, legal secretarial role, with ­secretaries working for two or three lawyers, is disappearing fast. […]


Personal injury forum elects new chair

Boyes Turner partner Adrian Desmond has been elected as chairman of the Forum of Complex Injury ­Solicitors (Focis). He replaces Richard Vallance of Charles Russell, who has held the role since 2007. Desmond said: “The forum will continue to ­promote excellence in personal injury [PI] ­practice by sharing experience among its members and expressing informed […]

O’Melveny reduces headcount by 200

O’Melveny & Myers is the latest firm to announce layoffs with 90 associates and 110 support staff set to lose their jobs. In a statement released by the firm O’Melveny chairman Arthur Culvahouse said that the firm had been cutting costs for two years by reducing support staff and shying away from making new hires. […]

Trowers axes four real estate positions

Trowers & Hamlins has launched a redundancy ­consultation with fee-­earners in its UK-based real estate team. The firm is looking to lay off four fee-earners who focus on the plot sales ­market, with three in ­Manchester and one in Exeter set to lose their jobs. Those working on plot sales in the firm’s larger ­London […]

Herbies picks up Bank of Scotland loan facility work

Herbert Smith advised Bank of Scotland on a $300m (£206.13m) loan facility to oil and gas exploration and production company Dana Petroleum. The company will use the money to purchase Toronto Stock Exchange-listed oil and gas exploration and ­production company Bow Valley, which focuses mainly on the UK North Sea. Herbert Smith banking partner Jason […]

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