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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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Bevan Ashford completes demerger

Bevan Ashford’s twin arms formally demerge today (1 November), creating Bevan Brittan – the firm’s legacy Bristol, Birmingham and London arm – and Ashfords – the Exeter, Plymouth and London side of the operation. At the same time, it has emerged that Ashfords will open its own offices in Bristol with a key hire from […]

Stress under pressure

Stress management needs the support of the whole firm – starting from the top. By Carole Spiers Many employers do not realise that since the introduction of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, all organisations with five or more employees have had a legal duty to conduct regular risk assessments of […]

The work-life quiz

Michael Laver, managing partner, Stevens & Bolton What was your first ever job? When I was 16 I sold fruit and veg from a market stall in Guildford. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Taking a statement from an 18-year-old who had just lost both legs in a motorbike accident Where’s the best place […]

New complaints body launched

A new body to deal with complaints against the legal profession was formally launched today (28 October) by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer. The Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner (LSCC) has full powers to set targets and to fine the Law Society if it fails to deal with complaints. The news follows the […]

Lovells hires two for Spanish tax offering

Lovells has launched a standalone tax practice in Spain with the appointments of the former Spanish director general of taxation Miguel Ángel Sánchez (left) and former deputy director general of tax policy Alfonso Padilla. Sánchez, who will be based in Madrid from 2 November, joins as a partner with former colleague Padilla. The hires are […]

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