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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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The Prime Minister’s Attorney General is facing criticism over her decision to seek advice on planned changes to the Withdrawal Agreement from individuals not on the UK Government’s panels, including a “baby barrister” from Brick Court. The debate concerns advice given to Suella Braverman and solicitor general Michael Ellis, who provided legal opinion on government legislation […]

FTSE 100 tech group hires new legal chief

FTSE 100 technology company Halma has appointed a new general counsel from BP. Funmi Adegoke takes on the top legal role following the departure of its inaugural GC Ruwan De Soyza in April. As Halma’s sole lawyer, Adegoke will have global responsibility for its legal and compliance affairs, as well as overseeing the company secretariat […]

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