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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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Men still dominate law at the top level

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Macfarlanes promotes female duo amid quartet of new partners

Macfarlanes has announced the promotion of four lawyers to partner, including two in its corporate practice. The quartet – which includes two women – covers corporate, construction and disputes, with the news following the firm’s recent statement of an intention to rebalance its practice by picking up its emphasis on contentious and advisory work (12 […]

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EU know it makes sense for patents

If it comes to fruition, the single EU patent system will be of tremendous benefit to small businesses For what now seems like decades the member states of the EU have been debating the concept of a single patent system to cover the whole of the union, with a single court to hear cases. Now […]

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