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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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Barnes & Noble snares new GC from IBM

Bookseller Barnes & Noble has raided IBM to appoint Jennifer Daniels to the newly created post of general counsel, vice president and secretary to the board. In her new role, Daniels will be responsible for all legal matters for Barnes & Noble and its subsidiaries, and will also co-ordinate efforts with outside counsel. She is […]

Loeb expands collection to launch fashion group

Los Angeles-based entertainment powerhouse Loeb & Loeb has launched a fashion and luxury brand industry group on the back of the proposals of new copyright laws protecting the industry in the US. The move follows last week’s proposal by New York senator Chuck Schumer to pass a bill that would extend copyright law to cover […]

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