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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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United Biscuits legal chief quits for Viacom role

United Biscuits’ (UB) head of commercial law Ian Haslegrave has quit the UK’s biggest biscuit maker to join Viacom. Haslegrave is due to leave UB on 3 January and is starting his new role as European legal director for business and legal affairs for Viacom Outdoor, the advertising contractor owned by the media giant which […]

Cisco dumps panel for one-on-one with Eversheds

Cisco Systems, the worldwide leader in networking for the internet, has launched a radical new legal model which has seen it drop all its UK law firms in favour of Eversheds. Baker & McKenzie, Herbert Smith and Weil Gotshal & Manges have all missed out. As first reported by The Lawyer (23 August 2004), Cisco […]

Under pressure

LLPs – and the problems they bring with them – are becoming more common. William Wastie on the numerous hurdles to overcome The move to limited liability partnership (LLP) status for UK law firms is gathering pace. The pressure for change is being driven not just by a desire to move away from unlimited personal […]

CC Paris star quits to take up Sullivan Euro drive

US firm Sullivan & Cromwell has shocked the Paris legal market by taking on Clifford Chance partner Dominique Bompoint, rated by many as the most talented lawyer of his generation. Corporate star Bompoint caused quite a stir when he quit Bredin Prat for Clifford Chance in 2001, and now he is leaving after just three […]

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