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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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Taylor Wessing financial results show continued growth under Gleghorn

Taylor Wessing has continued its upwards trajectory with profits growing by 10 per cent from £56.8m to £62.6m in the first year under managing partner Shane Gleghorn. The firm posted an 8 per cent rise in UK turnover from £144.6m in 2017/18 to £156.6m last year. Global revenue also increased, by 13 per cent to […]

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Freshfields and Simmons dropped from enlarged Transport for London panel

Transport for London (TfL) has grown its new legal panel to 15 firms, with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons among three firms dropped from the roster. TfL has selected 15 firms within eight lots covering employment, major commercial, rail, routine commercial and real estate, housing, property and commercial development, highways and major consents […]

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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

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