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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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Lewis Silkin and Hill Dickinson place staff on furlough

Hill Dickinson and Lewis Silkin are placing some of their non-fee-earners and associates on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Lawyer understands. Both firms have taken the decision to use the UK Government’s grant scheme – providing furloughed staff with 80 per cent of their wage. A Lewis Silkin spokesperson said: “Our absolute focus […]

Shoosmiths mulls cut in working hours by 20 per cent

Shoosmiths is considering cutting down partner and staff working hours by 20 per cent to weather the coronavirus pandemic. The firm has said it is consulting with partners and staff on moving to a four-day week, which will be on a temporary, voluntary basis and entail a 20 per cent cut in pay and benefits. […]

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McDermott hires Fine from K&L Gates

McDermott Will & Emery has made a second London hire in a fortnight, this time from K&L Gates. Anthony Fine, previously at K&L Gates for six years, will make the move to McDermott’s City office. He had also spent nine years as a White & Case partner prior to joining K&L. Specialising in the infrastructure […]

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