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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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Up close and personal

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Pannone Napier transformed the legal scene in this country, and sowed the seeds for much that was to come. Continuing our series on the figures who shaped the legal millennium, Nick Gillies takes a look at thefirm that changed the way personal injury cases were conducted in the […]

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In brief: Edward Lewis

Edward Lewis partners failed to oust chairman Tony Collins last week following allegations of sex discrimination by three different members of staff (The Lawyer, 13 September). Jeremy Rutter was expected to be elected the new chairman of the London firm, but insiders say partners balked when it came to making a decision because Collins is […]

Geoffrey Mead

Warner Cranston has recently appointed Geoffrey Mead as its head of employment. Anne Mizzi chats to the man who is not daunted by the depleted team he now has to oversee When Geoffrey Mead underwent the interview to become Warner Cranston’s new head of employment, he had the dubious pleasure of completing a psychometric test. […]

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