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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).


Silver circle half-year growth outstrips magic circle

Silver circle firms Ashurst, Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin have outperformed the magic circle during the first half of the year. The silver circle firms managed an average growth rate of 24 per cent, compared with the magic circle’s average of 18.3 per cent, based on figures released by Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and […]

Simmons boosts revenue 16 per cent

Simmons & Simmons has increased fee income 16 per cent from £143m to £143m at the half-year stage. Simmons & Simmons has joined the growing roster of firms reporting double-digit growth in the last six months, earning £143m in fee income at the half-year stage. This is a stronger rate of growth than this time […]

Pinsents rebounds with double IP hire

Pinsent Masons has recovered from Mishcon de Reya‘s raid on its IP team with hires from national rival Addleshaw Goddard and the BBC. Addleshaws senior IP litigation associate Iain Connor joins Pinsents as a partner, along with BBC IP lawyer Rebecca Hulmes, who joins as an associate. In September Pinsents IP partner Martyn Hann and […]

Linklaters names new tax head

Linklaters’ global head of tax Guy Brannan is standing down after two terms in the role, with partner Yash Rupal set to take on the position. Yash, a partner at Linklaters since 1996, will lead a firm-wide team of 170 lawyers advising on tax issues including M&A, corporate finance, restructuring and contentious matters across multi-jurisdictions. […]

People moves

– Former Smithson Clarke lawyer Michael Smithson has launched Smithson Law Firm in Newcastle, which will specialise in commercial property, rural business, joint ventures, debt recovery and service charge collection. Smithson Clarke was dissolved by the partners on 30 September following a decision to establish three new firms from 1 October. The other firms are […]

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