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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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Pinsents acts in first ever shipping PFI

Pinsent Curtis is claiming that it has completed the first ever shipping deal under the private finance initiative (PFI). The Natural Environment Research Council instructed Pinsent Curtis on the financing of its #30m ship, Polar Queen. The vessel, which is being leased from a Norwegian shipping company advised by Richards Butler, will be renamed Ernest […]

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European Court of Human Rights employees, who are heading off for a seven-week holiday, despite a backlog of 60,000 cases and an average waiting time of five years for cases to be heard. The lengthy wait facing applicants could cause the court to fall foul of its own convention – under Article Six undue and […]

Eversheds appoints for Bulgaria

Eversheds has appointed an army officer-turned barrister to pave the way for its planned new Bulgarian office. Francis Chubb will work from the office of Georgiev Todorov & Co, a Sofia-based law firm with which Eversheds has close connections. His appointment is the first step in building a big enough Bulgarian practice to merit the […]

No competition

Co-operation, not competition, has been part of the valued and strong working relationship between The Solicitors Pro Bono Group (SPBG) and the Bar Pro Bono Unit since the SPBG was formed 18 months ago (The Lawyer, 22 March). Of course, differences between the two sides of the profession will affect how and when pro bono […]

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