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4 tips for working from home with kids

While the world adjusted to working remotely during the pandemic, we all faced the obstacles of home setup, IT, and technology – but many of us also faced a new challenge of juggling working from home with parenting, as our children also had to adapt to homeschooling and an unexpectedly long summer holiday!

Track and trace: How to comply with the new regulations

The ‘track and trace’ programme is part of the government’s plan to slow the spread of Covid-19. It’s designed to make sure those who have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for the virus can be contacted and given advice to follow. Until recently, the government recommended hospitality businesses to collect certain customer information. From 17 September however, this became a legal requirement.

Romania plans to tighten its foreign investment screening rules

The screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs) has been a hot topic for some time now across CEE (as also covered here). Several jurisdictions have adopted stricter measures of scrutiny allowing for the vetting of transactions potentially posing security risks. In line with this trend, the Romanian Competition Council has put forward new draft legislation aimed at tightening the existing FDI screening rules. This draft is subject to public debate until 6 October.


Gareth Williams

Head of estate: Gareth Williams, Countrywide

Gareth Williams, head of legal at the UK’s largest estate agency Countrywide, takes a no-nonsense approach to the legal function, says Andrew Pugh If you are looking to curry favour with Countrywide legal chief Gareth Williams then be warned – wining and dining will not get you very far. “I don’t like all the trimmings […]

Revamp for General Mills team as GC exits

Food company General Mills has restructured its legal team after veteran Europe legal director Roger Gardner announced he will be retiring next summer. Gardner has led the company’s legal operations in Europe since 2001. He took on the role after his previous company Pillsbury was acquired by General Mills. The company has now appointed former assistant general counsel Wilson […]

Dechert takes on ex-DLA Piper partner

Dechert has hired DLA Piper partner Igor Panshensky as a partner in its corporate and securities group in Moscow. His arrival is the latest in a series of partner hires in Moscow this year, and follows the arrival of Clifford Chance litigator Ivan Marisin in May. Dechert’s Russia and CIS head Laura Brank said: “Igor’s […]

Helga Breen

Opinion: Killing off quangos is more complicated than it sounds

The so-called bonfire of the quangos has produced acres of press coverage and near-hysterical rhetoric from all sides. Opinion is divided about the reasons for – and the efficacy of – the proposals to scrap more than 190 public bodies and merge many others. Although a key plank of the ­Government’s public sector reform ­programme, […]


SRA to consult on scrapping of single PI insurance renewal date

The single renewal date for solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance (PII) should be binned to help drive down rates, a report commissioned the Solicitors Regulation Authority has concluded. The SRA commissioned consultants Charles River Associates (CRA) to examine opportunities to reform the market after insurers participating in the sector warned of huge rate hikes (13 September […]

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