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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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Manchester Airport looks to DLA, DWF

DLA and North West firm DWF Solicitors have both secured places on a newly-formed real estate panel for the Manchester Airport Group (MAG). The two firms will undertake real estate development and landlord and tenant work for MAG in a move that changes the working style of the company. Previously, MAG instructed a range of […]

A&O helps brighten futures for women living in hostels

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) pro bono initiatives have resulted in the magic circle firm providing invaluable support to Tower Hamlets-based self-help organisation Mosaada. “Although many people may have not heard much about the organisation, it has caught the imagination of our staff,” says Linda Okeke, A&O’s pro bono and community support officer. Mosaada (which means […]

Richards Butler hires insurance ace for London

Richards Butler has bolstered its insurance and reinsurance group with the lateral hire of Hill Dickinson partner Chris Zavos, who joins as a partner in London. Zavos has expertise in the marine and energy insurance sectors. At Hill Dickinson, Zavos advised underwriters on coverage issues in a broad range of hull, cargo, energy, yacht, construction […]

HSBC seeks worldwide fee rate from global panel

HSBC Holdings is demanding a single worldwide rate from firms seeking a place on the bank’s global panel. The bank has told firms that if they win a place on the coveted panel they will automatically qualify to pitch for work outside the UK. It is understood that in return firms must include a common […]

Opinion

The Bar Council’s new direct access rules leave barristers wide open to negligence claims The floodgates for claims did not open following the decision in Arthur JS Hall v Simons (2000) to abolish a barrister’s automatic immunity from negligence claims arising from court work. However, following the Bar Council’s introduction of rules permitting direct access […]

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