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4 tips for working from home with kids

While the world adjusted to working remotely during the pandemic, we all faced the obstacles of home setup, IT, and technology – but many of us also faced a new challenge of juggling working from home with parenting, as our children also had to adapt to homeschooling and an unexpectedly long summer holiday!

Track and trace: How to comply with the new regulations

The ‘track and trace’ programme is part of the government’s plan to slow the spread of Covid-19. It’s designed to make sure those who have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for the virus can be contacted and given advice to follow. Until recently, the government recommended hospitality businesses to collect certain customer information. From 17 September however, this became a legal requirement.

Romania plans to tighten its foreign investment screening rules

The screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs) has been a hot topic for some time now across CEE (as also covered here). Several jurisdictions have adopted stricter measures of scrutiny allowing for the vetting of transactions potentially posing security risks. In line with this trend, the Romanian Competition Council has put forward new draft legislation aimed at tightening the existing FDI screening rules. This draft is subject to public debate until 6 October.

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Telecoms giant BT has sold its legal technology business Tikit, with legal advisers including Kirkland & Ellis and Addleshaw Goddard. The sale came after BT scanned the market for potential buyers as part of a divestment process that began in the summer of 2019. Financial terms were not disclosed. Tikit provides technology solutions to legal […]

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DWF acquires BT Law for nominal “£1” fee

DWF has taken over BT Law, a separate entity operated by the telecoms giant, for what is understood to have been a nominal fee of about £1. The Lawyer understands that the acquisition was part of the agreements signed when, over the summer, the publicly-listed firm came triumphant out of a tender process that saw […]

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Reed Smith responds to pandemic pressures with new unpaid leave scheme

Reed Smith has set up an unpaid leave programme for its staff, as the firm continues to deal with the ramifications of Covid-19. Any Reed Smith employee or fixed-share partner can apply for the global initiative, which was recently launched by the firm’s chief human resources officer Kevan Skelton and allows for staff to take […]

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