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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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Supreme Court Corner — Q2 2013

DLA Piper has released its quarter two (Q2) 2013 edition of Supreme Court Corner. The publication contains analysis of recent Supreme Court cases and decisions in the intellectual property and technology sectors… If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the rest of the DLA Piper […]

Westminster

Treasury Counsel issue warning over MoJ legal aid cuts

The Government’s litigation advisors, the Treasury Counsel, have waded into the row over legal aid cuts and warned that changes to the judicial review (JR) system will leave public bodies unaccountable to the public. The open letter to the attorney general Dominic Grieve MP is signed by the more than 100 barristers who sit on […]

Ashurst and the battle lines for low-cost law

Here’s a thought. Why should clients pay for firms to have fancy offices in expensive locations? Here’s a thought. Why should clients pay for firms to have fancy offices in expensive locations? This was one of the many questions posed by our readers this morning, all referring to Ashurst’s landmark decision to shift a big […]

A common-sense approach to ‘business common sense’

In BMA Special Opportunity Hub Fund Ltd & ors v African Minerals Finance Ltd [2013] EWCA Civ 416, 23 April 2013, the Court of Appeal has confirmed that the ‘business common-sense’ approach to contractual interpretation expounded by the Supreme Court in Rainy Sky v Kookmin is neither an overriding principle of construction nor a licence […]

French defendants must comply with disclosure order despite risk of criminal sanctions

In National Grid Electricity Transmission plc v ABB Ltd & 22 ors [2013] EWHC 822 (Ch), French entities engaged in proceedings before the English court were required to comply with an order for specific disclosure issued in those proceedings despite the risk of prosecution under French law for doing so. In 2007, the European Commission […]

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