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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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New recruit heads huge tax law rewrite

A MASSIVE five-year, £25 million project to put 7,000 pages of tax legislation into plain English has taken its first steps with the appointment of Ron Downhill, tax partner at Berwin Leighton, and two other tax experts as advisers on the project. Downhill said he and the other two advisers to the Inland Revenue would […]

TG sells offices to former US partner

THEODORE Goddard has sold its half share of its four Eastern European offices to its US joint venture partner Dewey Ballantine, ending its hopes for a merger. The offices, which TG opened jointly with Deweys in 1991, are in Budapest, Prague, Warsaw and Cracow. TG’s Warsaw partner Bruce McGregor will return to the London office […]

FUTURE FOR FRAUD. The conman, the crime and the costs

Fraudsters using false financial instruments are stealing more than £6 million a day from businesses, individuals and even governments, according to a report by the International Chamber of Commerce. (The Times 1 March). That bland but startling report conceals much more than it reveals. The cost of fraud to society runs into billions and affects […]

HR&K puts its faith in niche team

City firm Harris Rosenblatt & Kramer has absorbed the banking and finance department of Bromley firm Hill Bailey. Under an unusual arrangement, the department will still operate in Hill Bailey’s offices as a satellite of the City firm. HR&K will gain a new portfolio of clients, mostly mortgage companies, and seven fee earners. None of […]

Hard lessons of the UK-US marriage

Theodore Goddard’s move to sell off its Eastern European office to its former alliance partner, US firm Dewey Ballantine, is another example of the trans-Atlantic dream failing. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, in the name of business strategy, firms looked at every option to expand. Globalisation seemed to provide the opportunity and many […]

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