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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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Bryan Cave boosts UK office with Davenport Lyons partner

US firm Bryan Cave is edging its way towards offering a full UK law capability with the recruitment of its second local partner – this time from Davenport Lyons. Anthony Fiducia, Davenport Lyons’ head of company and commercial, is joining the Missouri-based firm’s London corporate finance and securities group, boosting the office to 10 partners […]

Retail

The retail sector is under attack from escalating consumer demand for e-commerce. All major supermarkets and clothing outlets are having to head online, and even the largest players are facing up to new rivals, mergers, consolidation and takeovers. The largest deal of 1999 was Wal-Mart’s acquisition of Asda, which saw the US giant pay £6.7bn […]

Property

Forsters represented Clerical Medical Investment Group on its £46m acquisition of Rolls House and Arnold House in Fetter Lane, London. Clerical Medical Investment Group is a joint venture made up of Clerical Medical and Delancey Estates which hold two thirds and one third respectively of the properties. Forsters property partners Steven Sugar and Sophie Hamilton […]

Case of the week

Not since the break-up of AT&T in 1982 has a company faced a death sentence, but last week Bill ‘why’s everybody always picking on me’ Gates saw a US federal judge order the execution of Microsoft. As expected, Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered that Microsoft be split in two and imposed sweeping curbs on its […]

Legal Widow

Bad day on Saturday – I couldn’t get into my car at the supermarket. “Listen you,” I said to the car, clicking my electronic beep thing in despair. “If your mechanism is going bump – and I can hear it from here – that means you’ve got to open, you stupid bloody petrol-eating bloody thing!” […]

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