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GC roundtable: How to communicate with impact in a virtual world

As most of us are still working from home, we are communicating virtually for long periods every day, with diverse groups of people from different cultures, forums and time zones. We are continuing our usual work tasks and commitments, but now having to deliver meetings and presentations as well as communicate a host of difficult messages.

Coronavirus: Update of public calamity situation in Angola

Presidential Decree no. 229/20 of 8 September 2020 has been published and its aim is to reassess the measures imposed by Presidential Decree no. 142/20, considering the evolution of the epidemiological situation. The new decree renews most of the measures already in force, although it also eases some restrictions.

Romania: Public procurement and self-cleaning of cartel members

In Romania, companies that commit severe professional misconduct are excluded from participation in public procurement procedures. Yet, these companies have received some good news recently thanks to a common opinion issued by the Romanian National Agency for Public Procurement (“ANAP”) and the national Competition Council (the “Common Opinion”). In this article we analyse the clarifications introduced by the Common Opinion on how self-cleaning can be achieved by blacklisted companies.

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Database via the Net

Home secretary Jack Straw and the president of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal, Judge David Pearl, have launched an Internet-based database, The Electronic Immigration Network (EIN). The directory, which is run by an independent board, headed by Immigration Advisory Service director Keith Best, includes all immigration tribunal decisions from September 1997 and a further 300 significant […]

Good management equals survival

The Law Society’s new law management section aims to offer firms access to the know-how to help them boost their performance, says Gerald Newman. Gerald Newman is the Law Society’s deputy director of communications. Law practice management can be a lonely business. Most solicitors benefit from a constant exchange of information, both with colleagues and […]

NYC firm Curtis close to merger with mid-size London suitor>

New York firm Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle is two months away from a merger with what is believed to be a 30 to 50-lawyer City practice. The firm last week added a six-lawyer Milan practice – Studio Legale Gilioli – to its network of international offices and managing partner George Kahale said he was […]

Law Soc launches legal aid leaflet campaign

THE Law Society has issued leaflets to legal aid firms urging their clients to join the campaign to prevent the Government from dismantling the legal aid system. “Access denied” – produced and distributed at a cost of £13,000 – describes how conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) work and explains the pitfalls of entering into a CFA. […]

Law Soc drops secrecy plan

In a major U-turn, plans by the Law Society to restrict members access to information have been scrapped. Three weeks ago The Lawyer reported that next week’s council meeting would consider banning members from seeing confidential papers from any committee bar those they sit on, except on a “need to know” basis. But the plan […]

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