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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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Gibraltar

Gibraltar is not only a member of the EU, but the phasing out of its tax-exempt company regime means it now enjoys access to the European Subsidiary Directive. By James Lasry Recent reforms in tax and fund legislation have made Gibraltar a particularly attractive jurisdiction for the incorporation of European private equity and property funds. […]

BAE bribery saga takes new turn as social groups challenge ruling

Allegations of bribery against BAE Systems have come under renewed scrutiny after two social groups launched a challenge against a High Court decision to prevent a judicial review into the matter. The Corner House and Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) have applied for an expedited oral hearing before the High Court in a bid to […]

Latham boosts Munich with Shearman hire

Latham & Watkins has boosted its Munich office with the hire of Shearman & Sterling finance ace Andreas Diem, who becomes the firm’s third European partner hire this month. Diem’s practice focuses on real estate finance, banking and acquisition finance. He joined Shearman & Sterling in 2002 as a partner from Gleiss Lutz. Christopher Hall, […]

LG weighs up flotation as firms open eyes to Legal Services Bill opportunities

Just because you can do something, does it mean you should? That, in essence, is Lovells’ line on whether or not to seek a float or an injection of external capital once the Legal Services Bill becomes law. As the firm’s senior partner John Young put it: “I’m very much in favour of there being […]

Halliwells kicks off fraud unit as Keoghs raid lands dedicated team

North West firm Halliwells has scooped a team of fraud specialists from rival firm Keoghs. The team, which is headed by partner Damian Ward, has moved to form Halliwells’ new bespoke fraud unit, which will investigate fraud claims and train claims managers to improve how they detect and investigate fraud claims. Halliwells managing partner Ian […]

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