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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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Conyers Dill & Pearman raises $37,091 for Bermuda Red Cross Typhoon Appeal

Conyers Dill & Pearman’s Bermuda office has banded together to donate more than $37,000 (£23,000) to the Bermuda Red Cross in support of the Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. With contributions from staff, lawyers and the firm’s Staff Benevolent Scheme and Charitable Trust, Conyers presented $37,091 to the Bermuda Red Cross, which when matched by the UK […]

European Commission revises rules for state-aid support for films

The European Commission’s new Cinema Communication 2013 broadens the scope of activities in connection with the creation of films and other audio-visual works that may attract state aid in the member states. The old rules, which were published in 2001, only permitted state aid for production-related activities, which the European Commission reflected could risk ‘stimulating […]

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BLP raids Akin Gump for two-partner Moscow team

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has raided Akin Gump in Moscow for a two-partner real estate team to bolster its practice in Russia. Akin Gump real estate head Vladislav Sourkov and former colleagues, counsel Rustam Aliev and senior associate Dmitry Maltsev, will join the firm in January. Aliev and Sourkov will both join the firm as partners. Sourkov […]

Wragge & Co secures patent infringement finding against British Telecommunications

Wragge & Co’s intellectual property team has secured a High Court judgement against British Telecommunications (BT) for patent infringement in connection with its Next Generation Access (NGA) broadband network. The case was brought by US-based technology broadband software developer ASSIA Incorporated, a client of Wragge & Co. It is an extremely significant patent action in […]

Entertainers to be treated as self-employed for tax purposes

By Rebekah Hayes Following a consultation process that commenced in May this year, the government has approved the repeal of the Social Security (Categorisation of Earners) Regulations 1978 to the extent that they relate to entertainers, with effect from 6 April 2014… If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the […]

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