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Pubs, bars and restaurants using apps – managing Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 restrictions on the leisure, food & drink sector were relaxed in England on the 4 July, with other nations in the UK on differing timetables, and businesses are turning to app-based solutions to aida transition back to some form of normality. This briefing covers considerations for procuring and deploying mobile apps to manage Covid-19 restrictions.

Government announces £80m investment to cut emissions from homes and industry

As part of its decarbonisation agenda the Government has announced that it will invest nearly £80 million towards reducing carbon emissions across homes and energy intensive businesses. The announcement forms part of wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Angola: Mergers & Acquisitions 2020

Susana Almeida Brandão (Managing Associate) and Vanusa Gomes (Managing Associate of ASP Advogados – VdA Legal Partners member in Angola) write a chapter for ICLG Mergers & Acquisitons 2020, an international guide that compares legislation from around the world. The lawyers write the Angola chapter where they explain and develop the country’s mergers and acquisitions […]


Last hope of the condemned

Stephen Jakobi Stephen Jakobi gave up a career in private practice to fight for European citizens facing unfair trials in foreign states. Alison Laferla talks to the man with the ‘over-large’ conscience who does not want to be canonised just yet. You can learn a lot about a man from his shoes. From the ankles […]

Bar speaks out over audience rights plan

SENIOR barristers clashed with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham over the Government’s plans to hand control of the Bar’s professional rules and rights of audience to the Lord Chancellor. Speaking at the conference, Lord Bingham said the system for changing professional rules and rights of audience, which requires the unanimous consent of four designated […]

If your face does not fit, forget it

I read with interest your special student issue (The Lawyer, 20 October). It appears that employers place an extraordinarily high emphasis on academic achievement. Furthermore, one human resources manager referred to the importance of team spirit and the need for your “face to fit in”. These two areas are of great concern because of equal […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Richard Leeming

Richard Leeming was born in Lincoln in 1967. He is a corporate banking associate at Burges Salmon. What was your first job? Mortician’s porter at the Salisbury Infirmary. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £17,500 as a trainee at Ashurst Morris Crisp. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a […]


Dickinson Dees associate Deborah Kirtley (right) advised Barclays on its funding and development of the £42m redevelopment of Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. Andrew Price, Newcastle United’s director of legal affairs and Bruce Bentley of Dibb Lupton Alsop acted for the club.

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