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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 […]


Can lawyers be 'experts'?

There is no reason why lawyers should not make good consultants. Indeed, consultancy work’s transactional nature makes it more akin to law practice than to accountancy. But a consultant needs to have two primary attributes – expertise and skills. For most lawyers their expertise lies in the law, not personnel or practice management or IT. […]

Palmer takes a turn at Hutchison

SOLICITOR Howard Palmer is switching in-house for a nine-month spell at Hutchison Telecommunications. He is being seconded from the company commercial department of Bristol firm Bevan Ashford. Paul Cooper, head of the department, says: “We felt that it would be a good opportunity for Howard to get an insight into, and experience of, the practicalities […]

British Coal

When Nabarro Nathanson swallowed up British Coal Corporation’s (BCC) legal team in 1990 and established a foothold in the north, the critics were quick to carp. Publicly they said it was ambitious, but in private many thought it mad. Competitors predicted that the mix of cultures, in-house and private practice, would prove problematic and that […]

Susan O'Brien is losing patience with incompetent lawyers

Susan O’Brien One of the trickiest opponents to deal with is the incompetent solicitor. You rightly expect your opponent to try to make life difficult for you as a means of advancing his client’s case. It is your job to recognise the strategy and deal with it. This is quite different from a failure to […]

No longer a state of emergency?

A study of the use and effect of emergency provisions in Ulster will make fascinating reading for lawyers and civil libertarians. The most interesting are the Diplock courts and suspended right to silence. The late Lord Diplock’s commission led to the non-jury Diplock court in the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1973, in response to […]

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