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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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In-house barristers threat to split from Bar Council

The UK’s main in-house barristers’ group has threatened to split from the Bar Council if the extended rights of audience provisions for employed lawyers are dropped from the Access to Justice Bill. The warning from Bar Association for Commerce, Finance & Industry (Bacfi) chairman Susan Ward comes just days after the chairman of the Law […]

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Court of Appeal to decide the fate of unqualified assistants

A CLIENT who refused to pay a firm after he discovered an unqualified clerk was handling his case last week took his fight to the Court of Appeal. If he wins the case, it could have serious ramifications for unqualified assistants in law firms. Stuart Pilbrow claims that when he contacted East Grinstead firm Pearless […]

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The City Fraud Conference at London’s Cafe Royal on 10 March will examine the prevention, investigation and regulation of City frauds, including the best way to lay contingency plans and sentencing issues. Money laundering firms are urged to attend.

Four link up in u154m Kuwaiti acquisition

FOUR FIRMS – Wragge & Co, Pinsent Curtis, Dibb Lupton Alsop and Lovell White Durrant – have advised on the u154m acquisition of a group of Kuwaiti businesses. The deal, backed by venture capital giant 3i, will turn the businesses into one major company called The Mettis Group, which will focus on the aerospace and […]

In brief: Stephenson Harwood's

Stephenson Harwood’s intellectual property team has won the contract to manage the BBC’s lucrative trademark portfolio. Tibor Jones, head of the intellectual property group, says the BBC uses its brand to merchandise its best known programmes, which reaps the corporation £75m a year. Field Fisher Waterhouse is believed to be one of the firms that […]

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