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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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The America Invents Act (AIA) created a new post-grant review proceeding in the USPTO: the inter partes review or IPR. On 16 September, 2012, the USPTO stopped accepting petitions for inter partes re-examination and the IPR took its place. IPR, like inter partes re-examination before it, allows the USPTO to reconsider the patentability of a […]

It’s that time of year again — AGM season is upon us

For many public companies, significant efforts will be dedicated over the next few months to the company’s AGM. The AGM presents an opportunity to engage and communicate with shareholders, but it is imperative to ensure that it is run properly. In the current economic circumstances, it is not surprising that there is a strong focus […]

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Shakespeares launches fresh redundancy consultation

Shakespeares has launched a fresh redundancy round with 19 secretarial roles put at risk of being cut across its seven offices at the end of the month. The firm launched the consultation with 19 of its 100 secretaries, with five positions expected to go from its insurance team in Birmingham and 13 across the firm’s […]

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