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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 furloughs up to 20 employees

Taylor Wessing has put in place a series of measures to weather the Covid-19 health crisis and its financial fallout. The firm has decided to withhold distribution of profits to its partners, also choosing to sign onto the UK Government’s furlough scheme. It is understood that the firm is furloughing at least 20 people, both […]

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Gowling WLG laments “backwards step” in all-male promos round

Gowling WLG has promoted six partners in a UK-focused, all-male round. Five of the six new partners for the UK LLP sit in Gowling’s corporate, finance and tax group; Neil Hendron, Alasdair McKenzie, Chris Nyland, Navin Prabhakar and Tom Stockley.  The only outlier is Matt Hervey, head of artificial intelligence (UK) at the firm, who […]

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