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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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Pinsents granted licence for Beijing office

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US antitrust laws are forever balanced between being too wide-reaching and too narrow. Current cases in the Supreme Court could go some way towards clarifying them. Karin DeMasi reports

White & Case adopts UK LLP status

White & Case‘s London office has converted to a UK limited-liability partnership (LLP), with effect from 31 December 2006. Globally, White & Case will remain an LLP established under the laws of the State of New York. Last month Clifford Chance converted to a UK LLP almost seven years after becoming a New York LLP […]

Peverel in-houser to stand down

Property services company Peverel Group’s top in-house lawyer Richard Bagley is to retire next month after six years as group solicitor. Barrister David Edwards will replace him. Edwards joins Peverel from hotel operator De Vere Group, where he was chief legal adviser and company secretary. Group solicitor Bagley oversaw the growth of the property management […]

BLG, Farrers victory deals hammerblow to AIDB

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Farrer & Co have brought the effectiveness of an independent disciplinary body for accountants into question after successfully defending against its first attempted prosecution. The firms are awaiting a determination on costs, which if successful would be a landmark achievement and jeopardise the future of the tribunal established to […]

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