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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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Legoland

CMS Cameron McKenna last acted for Legoland in the early 1990s on the construction of its Windsor theme park. But personnel on both sides have changed since then, and this time it was Camerons’ expertise in the two-stage tender approach that was key to its appointment by Legoland Development in California. Marc Hanson, senior construction […]

Kennedys scores UK first with New Zealand launch

City firm Kennedys is believed to have become the first UK firm to open an office in New Zealand. Following the opening of its Hong Kong office in February, the firm is expanding its international presence with the new office, based in Auckland’s financial and commercial centre. The main focus of the Auckland office will […]

Akin Gump hires top partner from local rival

Washington DC firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld is taking on the head of litigation from local rival Miller & Chevalier. James Tuite, who is also a member of the 100-lawyer firm’s executive committee, will be a partner in Akin Gump’s litigation group in Washington. Tuite has handled a raft of complex civil litigation […]

White collar crime: ASIL NADIR AND POLLY PECK

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