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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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Every festivity has its own set of traditions, and Chinese New Year is no exception. In towns and cities, during the celebrations, red envelopes containing money are usually exchanged among families and friends as a good luck wish. This year, however, the tradition was partly broken. Instead of cash, envelopes were filled with face masks. […]

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The Virus Diaries: Sainsbury’s legal chief on a “huge test of team resilience”

“The coronavirus is a Black Swan event that pressure-tests everything,” says Sainsbury’s legal services director Nick Grant. “It’s been a pretty intensive two weeks.” The week before lockdown, Sainsbury’s and the rest of the supermarket sector provided the backdrop to a social-behaviour test case as thousands of customers stockpiled essential items, disrupting everyday logistics and […]

Reed Smith partner re-joins the Bar at Atkin Chambers

Atkin Chambers has brought in a partner from Reed Smith, as Shourav Lahiri becomes the second barrister to leave private practice for the Bar in as many weeks. Last week, The Lawyer reported that Stuart Isaacs QC has joined Wilberforce from King & Spalding and Atkin has followed suit in hiring the energy lawyer from Reed Smith. […]

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