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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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Space – the final frontier of law firms

Linklaters is one of a number of City law firms that are considering a feng shui-style makeover of its workspace. The firms have taken part in a study by workspace experts, who say the office environments of many firms are rooted in the past. “Their basic design conventions… have changed little since the 1970s,” it […]

Quote of the week

“It is a stereotyped accusation that has become so hackneyed that people do not pay it any attention.” Bar chairman Dan Brennan QC retorts to Lord Irvine’s comments that lawyers want to save legal aid to line their own pockets. The Bar was accusing Lord Irvine of turning his back on the old, the young […]

The top employment firms

Simmons & Simmons Has more blue chip clients than anyone else. One of its major strengths has to be Janet Gaymer – its major weakness that clients cannot always get her. The employment department has resisted the general exodus of partners from the firm and, despite the loss of a few juniors to Freshfields, a […]

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