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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).


Herbies and Stibbe team up for final KPN sale

Herbert Smith and its Benelux best friend Stibbe have reprised their role advising the Dutch State on the sale of its final stake in Dutch telecoms company Royal KPN. The firms jointly advised the State on the sale of its remaining eight per cent of KPN through an ordinary share sale and offering with a […]

DLA Piper begins Inzamam defence

DLA Piper’s sports lawyers have begun their defence of Pakistan cricket captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who faces ball-tampering and disrepute charges at a disciplinary hearing at The Oval today. Ranjan Madugalle, chief referee of the International Cricket Council (ICC), is chairing the two-day hearing with a verdict expected on Friday. David Pannick QC of Blackstone Chambers is […]

Hammonds’ sports dept hit by partner exit

Hammonds’ highly regarded sports practice has been rocked after the second partner in the space of two months has quit, with sponsorship partner Andy Korman joining sports boutique Couchman Harrington Associates. Couchmans’ raid follows Bird & Bird‘s swoop for sports department head Jonathan Taylor in August. Korman specialises in advice to sports clubs, agencies and […]

Tim Ashby: Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands’ regional counsel Tim Ashby has the Far East in his sights. He talks China and chicken with Jon Parker Tim Ashby is a surprisingly athletic-looking chap, given his access to more than 2,000 places to pick up some pizza or fried chicken. And as regional counsel of the international arm of Yum! Brands, […]

End of the road as Coudert files for bankruptcy

Defunct firm Coudert Brothers is nearing its official end after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Southern District of New York Bankruptcy Court late on Friday. In a petition, the firm stated that it did not have sufficient funds to post appeal bonds to challenge two court judgments against it, including a $2.5m […]

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