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Pubs, bars and restaurants using apps – managing Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 restrictions on the leisure, food & drink sector were relaxed in England on the 4 July, with other nations in the UK on differing timetables, and businesses are turning to app-based solutions to aida transition back to some form of normality. This briefing covers considerations for procuring and deploying mobile apps to manage Covid-19 restrictions.

Government announces £80m investment to cut emissions from homes and industry

As part of its decarbonisation agenda the Government has announced that it will invest nearly £80 million towards reducing carbon emissions across homes and energy intensive businesses. The announcement forms part of wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Angola: Mergers & Acquisitions 2020

Susana Almeida Brandão (Managing Associate) and Vanusa Gomes (Managing Associate of ASP Advogados – VdA Legal Partners member in Angola) write a chapter for ICLG Mergers & Acquisitons 2020, an international guide that compares legislation from around the world. The lawyers write the Angola chapter where they explain and develop the country’s mergers and acquisitions […]



FFW in jobs consultation with 175 support staff

Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) has launched the largest redundancy consultation of the UK legal market so far, after starting talks with 175 support staff in London. The firm has 300 support staff, but has said that it is trying to minimise the losses, adding that at least 40 positions are under threat. A spokesperson for […]

Switzerland Special Report: Crisis? What crisis?

As some European lawyers fret about where their next instruction is coming from, their Swiss colleagues are busy burning the midnight oil. Speak to many lawyers in Switzerland and you’ll be left wondering what all the fuss is about elsewhere. This small, wealthy and famously neutral country has plenty of lawyers doing plenty of work, […]

CMS alliance trio join forces in Moscow

CMS Cameron McKenna has signed an agreement with two other members of the CMS alliance to merge their operations in Moscow. The move has been planned for several months but required an official partner vote from CMS Bureau Francis Lefebvre and CMS Hasche Sigle. The merger will create one of the largest international law firms […]

Davis Polk cuts associate bonuses

Davis Polk & Wardwell has followed the lead of US rivals Cravath Swaine & Moore and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett by halving its bonus payouts for 2008. The New York elite firm has announced to the firm that associates will receive year-end bonuses ranging from $17,500 pro rated for the class of 2008 up to […]

Number of High Court IP cases rockets 83 per cent

Intellectual property (IP) disputes in the High Court have shot up by 83 per cent in the past year as businesses move to protect their IP rights in the downturn. Judicial statistics show that 422 IP cases reached the High Court in 2007 – up from 230 in 2006. Patents and registered design cases rose […]

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