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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 brief: Health and safety advice on offer

Leading West Country businesses have signed up to a scheme offering health and safety advice set up by Bristol firm Osborne Clarke. So far 35 companies and institutions have joined the club established by Richard Bretton, head of Osborne Clarke’s health and safety unit. The services offered by the club feature free advice bulletins, workshops […]

Savage considers share issue

NOTTINGHAM Law School, the wholly-owned commercial subsidiary of Nottingham Trent University, is considering raising u1 million in a unique equity issue to help fund its growing range of specialist courses for lawyers. Law firms are likely to be the main private business sector to be targeted for the issue, which venture capital company 3i may […]

First for Martineau

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson has become the first firm outside London to install the R/KYV computerised document management system. This will put the firm in a strong position to compete with the biggest firms for litigation work, says Andrew Spooner, head of litigation. But the 24-partner firm will also use it in its intellectual property […]

Murex challenge

* The House of Lords is considering an application by Murex Diagnostics to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling made last October in a patent infringement action relating to kits designed for the treatment of hepatitis. Murex in defence has argued that the Chiron Corporation abused its dominant market position and charged unfairly high prices, […]

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