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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 […]



Lucozade Sport is a drink not a food, tax tribunal rules

The maker of sports energy drink Lucozade has lost an attempt to prove that it is a functional food rather than a beverage, with the Tax and Chancery Upper Tribunal ruling that Lucozade Sport is mainly drunk for hydration and pleasure. In a bid to classify Lucozade Sport as zero-rated for VAT, the drink’s manufacturer […]

Jonathan Sumption QC

Silks who make the cut at the Supreme Court

Successful Supreme Court silks are a special breed, with the same names dominating the most high-profile cases. Katy Dowell reports Only cases of the highest constitutional importance are heard in the Supreme Court. For many ­litigants it is the end of the legal line, so when it comes to picking counsel only the best will […]

Clifford Chance and Freshfields advise on MBO of Barclays private equity arm

Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer won advisory roles on the management buyout of Barclays Bank’s private equity arm. Under the deal, Barclays Private Equity (BPE) is set to be spun out and renamed Equistone Partners Europe. Clifford Chance private equity head David Walker, the firm’s longstanding relationship partner for BPE, advised Equistone alongside funds […]


Allen & Overy and Freshfields lead as Virgin Money buys Northern Rock

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer both had key roles advising on Virgin Money’s acquisition of nationalised bank Northern Rock, with the deal officially unveiled this morning. Virgin Money will pay £747m for Northern Rock – the ’good half’ of the bank that includes its 75 branches – creating an entity with four […]

Grey sky thinking

Cloud computing can provide benefits when it comes to e-disclosure but is still rife with potential pitfalls. Daniel Kavan advises implementing clear processes before the cloud is introduced  As explored in a recent Special Report in these pages, cloud computing is no mere trend or fad. Life in the cloud is here to stay […]

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