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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).



Malta – Fund-loving Europhiles

A responsive stance to EU legislation has led to a thriving Maltese funds market. Is it enough to make rumours of a global firm’s move there come true? Voters in Europe’s big beast countries may have sent a strongly sceptical message to their leaders in the union-wide parliamentary elections last month, and given the keepers […]


Ashurst loses second corporate partner to Gibson Dunn as Stacey quits

Ashurst corporate partner Nigel Stacey is to join Gibson Dunn, following in the footsteps of former colleague Jonathan Earle who made the same move in April. Stacey has a broad-ranging M&A and corporate finance practice at Ashurst, recently taking the lead for AIM-listed Fusion IP on its takeover by minority shareholder IP Group. In 2012, […]

Shoosmiths shortlisted for double at Manchester Women in Business Awards

Shoosmiths has announced that two of its key partners — Sarah Teal and Laura Harper — have been shortlisted for the Manchester Downtown in Business (DiB) Women in Business Awards. Teal, who has been nominated for Legal Adviser of the Year, is a partner in the Shoosmiths corporate restructuring and insolvency team. She is a skilled […]

Fall in cash use sees pressure to reduce card use costs for retailers, says Eversheds

Tim Buckingham, partner and financial services expert at firm Eversheds, has commented on The British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) report that cash use in the UK has fallen 14 per cent in five years.  He said: ‘While the BRC considers that banks are still levying “unjustifiably” high charges for using cards, there is a clear and fundamental difference between […]

Allen & Overy steps into Canada with one-partner office

Canada – with its strong dollar, vibrant energy market and considerable natural resources – has long been on the agenda for many international firms. So when Allen & Overy (A&O) announced it would open an office in the country this week, the market listened. Is the Canadian stampede finally here? Well, not really. This is […]

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