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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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Irwin Mitchell executive board agrees pay cut during lockdown

Irwin Mitchell’s executive board have taken a 10 per cent pay cut during the Covid-19 lockdown period. The ten members of the firm’s exec board have agreed the 10 per cent cut, with partners also asked yesterday (16 April) to support on the same basis. The firm says it does not yet know how many […]

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UK partners at Osborne Clarke are to defer 75 per cent of their quarterly profit distributions, with the firm also furloughing staff across its offices. The Lawyer understands that the firm has furloughed more than 100 staff members, though the firm did not comment on specifics. It is understood that the roles affected are all largely […]

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