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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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Fox Hayes in second redundancy round

Up to 43 members of staff are set to lose their jobs at Leeds firm Fox Hayes, taking the total number of UK 200 redundancies to 722. Twenty-five members of staff, including 10 fee-earners, have already been made redundant at Fox Hayes. A consultation has just been launched with a further 18, eight of whom […]

Paramount counsel goes it alone

The former UK legal director of Paramount Home Entertainment has launched a boutique media firm. Victoria Botsoff has left Paramount to set up her own firm, called Botsoff, which ;will ;focus ;on ­commercial and IP work for advertising, television and marketing clients. At the moment Botsoff will ;work ;as ;a ;sole ­practitioner, but plans to […]

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Focus Dewey & Leboeuf: Joined-up thinking

A year on from the merger of Dewey Ballantine and LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae, their integration is not quite complete – but M&A head Mort Pierce has the global top 10 firmly in his sights. Dewey & LeBoeuf has reached its first major milestone – it is one year old. Last Wednesday (1 October) […]

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