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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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Manchester launches Admin Court

Manchester’s new Administrative Court was officially launched last week as part of a campaign for more judicial representation outside London. Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff will also open courts this year. Speaking at the Manchester Civil Justice Centre, Davis Blank Furniss senior partner Peter Heginbotham said: “It makes sense for everyone to have fair access to […]

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Freshfields wins London Olympic gold

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed the official law firm of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Magic circle firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has been appointed the official legal services provider to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog). The firm has been appointed alongside a range […]

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