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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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Simmons challenges French govt over coal price subsidies

City firm Simmons & Simmons is attempting to force France to answer allegations that state subsidies were used to undercut the market price of coal. The firm, representing private coal company Thion & Cie, claims that state-owned coal company Groupe Charbonnages de France was involved in a potential misuse of an estimated £21m in state […]

In brief: The Government

The Government has launched a consultation paper proposing to allow married couples in Scotland to divorce in one year. At present, divorces can go through by mutual consent after two years, or five if one spouse dissents. The paper also proposes couples should undertake counselling or mediation, similar to that required in England and Wales, […]

In brief: Boodle Hatfield

Boodle Hatfield has elected Richard Moyse as its new senior partner, replacing Peter Scoble. The 29-partner firm has offices in Oxford and London and has a specialism in tax and financial planning. Moyse, a partner for 25 years at the firm, is head of the tax department.

Barristers form global lobby to protect rights of children

High-profile barristers have joined forces to form an international lobbying group for children. Supported by 10 silks – including Cherie Booth QC and former Bar Council chairman Peter Goldsmith QC – and several barristers, the Bar Committee on the Rights of the Child will campaign around the world. “We want the voice of the Bar […]

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