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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).


Dewey & LeBoeuf boosts Frankfurt tax practice with CC hire

Dewey & LeBoeuf has boosted its Frankfurt office with the hire of a senior tax lawyer from Clifford Chance. The firm has hired Bela Jansen, a counsel at Clifford Chance, to bring its Frankfurt tax practice up to 16 lawyers in total. Jansen has been at Clifford Chance for five years and has developed a […]

Music group BPI lands new GC

The BPI, the industry group for UK record companies, has finally ended its search for a new general counsel, hiring Kiaron Whitehead from litigation firm Forbes Anderson Free. Whitehead will take over the role in March 2008 from Simon Baggs, a partner at media firm Wiggin, who has filled the position temporarily as acting general […]

Kop swap

The legal profession is known for being a bastion of integrity and loyalty in what is too often a Machiavellian world. So given that this is the milieu into which Tulkinghorn’s scribes have been socialised, they were horrified to discover that one Manchester lawyer, Graham Small of Lewis Hymanson Small, is as happy to switch […]

Cotty Vivant hire sparks Singapore launch

French independent firm Cotty Vivant Marchisio & Lauzeral has launched an office in Singapore, scooping partner Philippe Taverne from DS Avocats. Taverne will head Cotty Vivant’s five-lawyer office in Singapore, becoming the firm’s tenth partner. He was head of the Singapore branch of DS Avocats from 2003 and before that was an associate at Gide […]

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

UK 200 Position: 17 UK 200 Position: 17 UK/global turnover: £29.76m/£439.66m Global PEP: £951,000 UK/global RPL: £583,000/£491,000 US West Coast-headquartered Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s London office had a storming year in 2006, bettering the previous year’s growth in terms of both headcount and turnover. Globally the firm’s revenue and PEP increased by a steady 8.4 […]

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