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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: Denton Hall

Denton Hall has been appointed by the Egyptian government to advise on its telecommunication regulation. London-based Denton Hall partner Nicholas Higham will work in Egypt with Bridget McKinney, head of its Cairo office, Denton Hall Fox & Gibbons. Meanwhile, Trowers & Hamlins has revealed it is to move into more permanent Cairo premises following the […]

Top Chicago firm to open in London

US firm Altheimer & Gray is to open a London office. The Lawyer understands that the Chicago-based firm is looking to take a floor with room for around 30 staff in the same building as fellow US firm McDermott Will & Emery. A source suggests there will be about a dozen lawyers in the office. […]

Bill violates human rights, says Justice

Legal pressure group Justice is the latest body to attack the Immigration and Asylum Bill, highlighting more than a dozen potential breaches of human rights and calling for the Government to amend the offending clauses. The Justice “audit” of the Bill follows a damning Law Society report to the special standing committee, which accuses the […]

International lawyer gets libel apology from BBC

A top international lawyer has received a public apology at London’s High Court and accepted “suitable” but undisclosed damages in settlement of a libel action brought against the BBC. Dr Abass Bundu, former assistant director of the international affairs division of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London and later an MP in his native Sierra Leone, […]

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