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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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Isle of Man venture

Hammond Suddards has set up a joint film unit with Isle of Man firm Mann & Partners. The Isle has emerged as a major production centre for the UK film industry and the thrust of the new unit is to bring together Hammond Suddards’ film financing skills and Mann & Partners’ local expertise. The unit […]

Tally of Dibbs-Edges defectors reaches 14

The haemorrhaging of lawyers from Edge & Ellison to Birmingham rival Dibb Lupton Alsop continues with the departures of two senior property associates. Retail and leisure specialists Jane Rothwell and Anne Lamb were to be considered for partnership at Edges this May. They will instead join Dibbs as partners to help it build a retail […]

Morris in plan to scrap “soundings'

THE ATTORNEY General, John Morris QC, who is facing a sex discrimination suit, privately admitted weeks ago that his department keeps no data on Treasury Counsel appointments to enable it to judge its commitment to equal opportunities. Last week he publicly denied allegations of sexual discrimination in his appointment of Philip Sales from Lord Irvine’s […]

In brief: Insurance firm takes the Edge

Liverpool and Birmingham insurance litigation firm Weightmans has appointed Michael Edge as its new senior partner. Edge will take over from Tony Summers on 1 May 1998.

Forsyte Saunders Kerman in bid to merge with Lawrence Graham

Lawrence Graham and Forsyte Saunders Kerman are understood to be in merger talks that would create a top 25 law firm in the UK. Any deal is likely to be a Lawrence Graham takeover. Forsyte Saunders, whose partner numbers have dropped from around 30 to 20 in the three years since it was created by […]

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