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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.


Lovells offers secondments to bulk up in Dubai

Lovells is seeking to beef up its Dubai presence a month after opening in the Emirate as well as offering trainees a seat in the office from September. From its launch on 1 May the office has had five partners, headed by banking and project finance specialist Shibeer Ahmed, and eight associates. A further seven […]

Turcan Connell calls for Scots ABS

Scottish private client leader Turcan Connell has written to the Law Society of Scotland demanding it provide alternative business structures for law firms to meet client needs. Turcan Connell joint senior partner Douglas Connell wrote to Law Society chief executive Douglas Mill last week expressing his partners’ concerns that failure to embrace the kind of […]

Weightmans raids Druces & Attlee for property hires

Weightmans has boosted its London-based property team with the hire of a partner from Druces & Attlee. Partner Stephen Whittaker will join the firm, along with assistant Sarah Bainbridge, as part of a strategy to increase its presence in the real estate market. Weightmans’ regional office head Mark Whittaker said: “The property market is buoyant […]

Simmons knocked from UK top 10 as revenue rise falls short

Turnover at Simmons & Simmons has increased by 10 per cent, from £227m to £250.6m, during the last financial year. The relatively small rise means Simmons has been leapfrogged by Ashurst and relegated from the top 10 firms in the UK ranked by revenue. Silver circle firm Ashurst revealed an impressive 28.5 per cent rise […]

Hammonds in bid to shore up regions

Hammonds is embarking on a major overhaul of its regional business, kicking off with a £9m root-and-branch upgrade of its 26-partner Birmingham office. Managing partner Peter Crossley said: “Investing in our Birmingham office is part of our wider ambitions to grow the business and our strategy to develop our regional offices. “The refurbishment will provide […]

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