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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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Food and Leisure

A new breed of international investor is eyeing up the UK food and leisure industry sparking a rash of complex big money deals that offer rich pickings for private practice. David Wigan and Claire Smith report. When United Biscuits (UB) was sold to an international consortium last month the headline writers had a ball: ‘Crunch […]

Woolf reforms fail to deliver on costs claims new survey

The Woolf reforms have failed to deliver the cuts in litigation and costs that they were designed to achieve, says a new report. Four out of five FTSE 1000 companies surveyed believe that levels of litigation have not been reduced by the reforms, while three in five say that they have not saved money when […]

Making in-house a home

I am writing in response to the recent comment made by one lawyer in ‘Axa and Norwich Union hatch plan to axe firms from panel’ (The Lawyer, 20 March), that “the problem with going in-house is that you can’t get quality lawyers”. I totally disagree with this comment. I am an in-house litigation lawyer for […]

Firms need partners to tackle e-commerce

As the pressure in-creases for us to differentiate our firms, we must start to think outside the box and form alliances with other professional services providers. It is often assumed that lawyers deal with implementing the law and lobbyists deal with the law as it is being developed. According to Corinne Souza in So you […]

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