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After Covid-19: Return to work and the “new normal”

COVID-19 has left the whole world shaken. There’s a lot of debate going on about how soon life will return to normal, and whether things will ever be quite the same as used to be. Certainly the ‘post COVID19 return to work’ is a hot topic right now, particularly after recent advice from the UK Government.

Government makes it easier for manufacturers to offer PPE on the European market

Following a European Commission Recommendation published on 13 March 2020 (EC Recommendation), the government have taken steps to relax regulatory requirements in relation to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The changes enable manufacturers to place PPE on the market more quickly in an effort to meet the ever increasing demand […]

Angola: banking regulations 2020

The Angolan banking system now comprises 26 banks, it being widely agreed that Angola’s banking institutions will need to continue their consolidation over the next few years – particularly considering that Angolan banking institutions still have a high rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs), despite the 5% reduction in 2018, and are being required to comply with international best practices and standards issued by the Basel Committee on banking supervision.

Changes in the real estate landscape

The past week has seen significant changes for all involved in real estate. This article summaries the key points owners and their advisors need to know.

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Clinton's fate in hands of Arkansas Bar

Bill Clinton could be struck off from the Arkansas bar after being cited for contempt. District Judge Susan Webber Wright has referred her contempt order to the state Bar – the only one to which Clinton is admitted – for possible action. Her findings were limited to Clinton’s sworn statements on whether he and Monica […]

Partner walkout puts Rowe & Maw department under threat

Westminster law firm Bircham & Co has poached two partners from Rowe & Maw’s private client department. The departures of James Denker and Penny Chapman leaves Rowe & Maw’s department with only one partner, who is carrying out a review to determine whether the section should continue. A decision is expected within a few weeks. […]

Financings

Pinsent Curtis has advised US-listed engineering company Doncasters on a u185m refinancing deal. Doncasters acquired Triplex Lloyd for u194m and has refinanced the debt package for the acquisition. The team was led by corporate partner David Hughes and banking partner Stephen Miles.

Case of the week

Phantom of the Opera star Mike Sterling lost a court battle over child maintenance payments to his wife. Sterling – who earns u104,000 a year, has had two Caribbean holidays this year, recently bought a u19,000 Shogun and moved into a u200,000 apartment – had argued he could not afford more than the u1,000 a […]

The royal victor

Robert Mendick meets the man who helped settle two important disputes… one for a princess and one for a king. Eyes sparkle behind thick-framed spectacles, his body hunched up in a grand office chair that dwarfs his diminutive frame. A photograph of Princess Diana sits proudly on a book case, perched over his left shoulder. […]

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