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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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Weightmans former corporate head finds new home

Weightmans’ former Manchester head of corporate Jonathan Shorrock has found a new home at Bolton firm Kippax Beaumont Lewis (KBL). Shorrock becomes KBL’s eighth partner. He will concentrate on M&A, venture capital, MBOs and MBIs. In January it was announced that Shorrock, along with fellow Weightmans Manchester partners head of corporate recovery Glyn Willmott and […]

Howrey gains Paris office with Cousté merger

Cabinet Cousté & Cousté, one of France’s leading biotechnology and IP firms, will join Howrey Simon Arnold & White, making it the US firm’s fourth European IP office. Managing partner and chief executive officer Robert Ruyak (left) said: “We’re now well positioned to answer our clients’ antitrust, litigation and IP needs.” Marina Cousté founded the […]

Separated at birth

Theatre-goers in the West End earlier this year will have been treated to the Olivier-winning performance of none other than Norton Rose chief operating officer Kevin Mortell. Mortell was starring in the hit musical The Producers, a show all about making money by putting on a show that flops. Modestly, Mortell adopted the stage name […]

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