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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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HFW partner fined by SRA for drink driving charge

A HFW partner has been fined £2,000 after an investigation by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) into a drink driving charge. James Cashman, who is a partner in the firm’s London office, was under investigation by the regulator for a 2019 incident. In July last year, Cashman hit a stationary parked car and was arrested […]

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CMS prioritises City growth in latest promotions round

CMS has made up 18 new partners in the UK, with those making the cut all based in the firm’s London office. The UK numbers account for nearly half of the total number of promotions, with 41 new partners globally across Europe, Latin America and Africa. Women make up half of the promotions round in […]

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