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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.


Simmons launches in Qatar

Simmons & Simmons is launching an office in Qatar on the back of its government work and recent developments of the country’s vast natural gas reserves. As revealed on www.the on 7 May, the new office is due to open in September, following partnership approval this week. The Qatar office will be the nineteenth […]

Ashursts merger failure compounded by loss of finance partner

Ashurst Morris Crisp has been hit with yet more bad news after it emerged that finance partner Stephen Short is leaving for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett. As exclusively revealed by The Lawyer (Grapevine, 7 May), Simpson Thacher’s partners are yet to vote on hiring Short, who will become the firm’s second UK partner after former […]

Ex-Stephenson Harwood partner in carbon-fighting role

Former Stephenson Harwood partner Tony Stockwell has resurfaced in an in-house role at Carbon Trust, the Government-backed and business-led company that is helping business and the public sector to cut carbon emissions.Stockwell retired from Stephenson Harwood in January this year after spending 25 years as a partner there. He joins Carbon Trust as legal adviser […]

YSG faces crisis as Law Society reviews funding

Fears for the future of the Young Solicitors Group have been raised after it emerged that the Law Society is planning to slash its annual grant from £40,000 to around £30,000. Under the terms of the Recognised Group Agreement, which was drafted in December but is currently under proposal, funding levels across all Law Society […]

Gateley Wareing converts to LLP

Midlands-based firm Gateley Wareing is set to become a limited-liability partnership (LLP) by 1 September 2003, following the lead of Birmingham giant Wragge & Co, which converted to LLP status at the beginning of the month The firm’s senior partner Michael Ward told The Lawyer that a shift towards LLPs is inevitable for people who […]

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