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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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Showing signs of weakness

The collapse of the criminal prosecution against four British Airways executives by the OFT reveals an inherent weakness in the department’s ability to pursue criminal charges. The OFT directly instructed 7 Bedford Row barrister Richard Latham QC to bring charges against four BA executives who, it alleged, dishonestly conspired with Virgin Atlantic between July 2004 […]

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OFT pulls criminal case after document review failure

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has withdrawn criminal proceedings against four British Airways (BA) executives who were alleged to have been involved in a multinational price-fixing scam. The OFT, which instructed 7 Bedford Row barrister Richard Latham QC,  halted court proceedings yesterday after it emerged it had not reviewed 70,000 documents, including 12,000 to […]

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BLG makes £20m saving with 10-year lease on HQ

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) has secured a 10-year lease on its London headquarters, making a saving of more than £20m over the next decade. BLG chief executive David Jabbari said: “The security of low-cost London premises for 10 years, and the removal of up to £24m in property costs over that period, is a great base for […]

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Bryan Cave reprioritises its search for a merger partner in the City

New London managing partner installed to target international growth. By Matt Byrne All eyes may have been on Hogan Lovells last week as the two firms finally became one, but there were other merger-related ­mutterings making their way through the ­London market. And no, we do not mean SJ Berwin and Orrick, which last Tuesday […]

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Proskauer funds team to drive SJ Berwin talks

After Orrick rejection, SJ Berwin targets global private equity via US tie-up Proskauer Rose’s funds team has emerged as the driving force behind the proposed merger with SJ Berwin, according to sources familiar with the ­situation. It was revealed last week (TheLawyer.com, 6 May) that the two firms have entered into early-stage discussions around a […]

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