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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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Pinsent Masons is gearing up for a new digital products business line following an internal reorganisation of its technology function. Newly-made partner and head of client solutions David Halliwell has worked on the combination of the firm’s SmartDelivery unit with its internal IT function. The latter is led by chief technology officer Nigel Tranter, who joined […]

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It’s not all bad for real estate lawyers

The ONS released its quarterly economic data on Wednesday and the March figures were not pretty for the UK real estate sector. After only two weeks of lockdown, GDP fell by 2 per cent for the quarter, construction output fell 2.6 per cent and retail sales dropped 3 per cent. In the short run, this […]

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Two national firms are keeping faith with the regions, at least

Much has been made of the legal services boom in Manchester, Bristol, Belfast and elsewhere.  The regions have historically generated substantial fees for three firms which have looked to transform into national and international beasts: DAC Beachcroft (DACB), DLA Piper, and Pinsents Masons. Yet, despite their strong regional roots, these three firms are increasingly looking […]

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