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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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Northern Rock signs up Laurie Adams

Northern Rock has brought in ABN Amro’s former legal head as a non-executive director to steady the beleagured mortgage lender through its next difficult chapter. Laurie Adams, who was global head of legal and compliance for the investment banking wholesale division of ABN Amro, will sit on Northern Rock’s board. He will not be giving […]

Ashurst’s German du nuts

One of the secrets of Ashurst‘s success in Germany is that everybody in the office calls each other ‘Du’, reckons Ashurst Germany managing partner Simon Beddow. ‘Du’ is the German informal address traditionally reserved for close friends or family, although in times of old one would use ‘Sie’, the formal address, even for one’s parents […]

Pinsents acquires planning group chief

Pinsent Masons has scooped Pitmans partner and head of planning Daniel Drukarz to head its London-based planning and environmental team. His appointment, which brings Pinsents’ planning team’s headcount close to 30, is expected to be the first of a series of hires into the team. “This is a very busy time for our planning and […]

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