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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).


Alan Blacker

‘Harry Potter’ lawyer Blacker to face allegations of “recklessly misleading the court” before SDT

‘Harry Potter’ lawyer Alan Blacker will face allegations of “recklessly misleading the court”, making misleading claims about his accreditations, and failing to cooperate with regulators when he appears before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) for a second time. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) made public the allegations against Blacker, who also goes by the name […]

European firms spearhead global collaboration initiatives

In these days of increasing globalisation ways to retain your independence while boosting your appeal to international clients are key. And a number of European firms are engaging in innovative initiatives to work better with and for their clients and with firms in other jurisdictions. Back in 2012 a quartet of large European independent firms […]

Manchester M&A experts advise on 52nd deal for Chase Templeton

The corporate team from the Manchester office of Shoosmiths has advised private medical insurance broker Chase Templeton on its 16th strategic acquisition this year, the largest to-date for the company. This latest acquisition in a string of deals sees Chase Templeton acquiring private medical insurance consultancy, Consilium Employee Benefits. The acquisition is bringing in over […]

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