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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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Freshfields tax partner exits in Germany

Another tax partner based in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Frankfurt office has left the firm. Tobias Teufel, who was promoted to partner in 2010, is to part ways with the magic circle player after working in its corporate tax practice, advising banking and financial services clients. A firm spokesperson said: “The firm and Tobias Teufel have […]

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Dechert hands out extra day of leave to all staff

Dechert has started the process of opening some of its offices in Europe, while also giving its staff globally an extra day of annual leave. The extra day off has been billed by the firm as a “day to thrive”, with many firms and businesses impressing it upon their staff to use up holiday now […]

KPMG racks up £500,000 costs as it resists Carillion disclosure bid

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has failed in its attempt to secure pre-action disclosure on behalf of Carillion, as it looks to bring a claim against its former auditors at KPMG. During a judgment handed down on Wednesday, Mr Justice Jacobs deemed it inappropriate for the court to order pre-action disclosure, stating that the “efficient […]

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