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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 […]


Citizens Advice forewarns swingeing cuts to legal aid

Legal aid proposals put forward by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) late last month are set to limit access to justice for many people, according to charity Citizens Advice. A consultation paper released on 22 July entitled ‘A New Focus for Civil Legal Aid’ proposes changes to legal aid funding that will restrict access to […]


Well, that didn’t take long. No sooner had Squire Sanders & Dempsey and Coudert Brothers started conducting due diligence on each other to create their “merger of equals”, than the whole caboodle was, we’re told, dead in the water. Why has this happened? Apparently, after foraging around in each other’s lockers, one of the firms […]

Watson Burton opens Leeds base

Watson Burton is poised to launch the firm’s first office outside its home city of Newcastle. As first revealed on (11 August), the hugely profitable 24-partner firm is expected to open an office in Leeds by the end of the year. Watson Burton senior partner Andrew Hoyle said the new office will initially focus […]

Ansons born as Hadens splits

West Midlands firm Hadens has almost halved in size following the departure of six partners to set up a rival firm. The team, led by senior partner Simon James, has launched Ansons LLP. It will specialise in commercial and private client work out of its Lichfield and Cannock offices. Ansons hopes to capitalise on economic […]

Herbies wins Hypo

Herbert Smith has completed its first deal for new client Hypo Real Estate Bank International. The City firm advised Hypo on an £88m bid facility made available to Winten to finance its recommended offer for property investment group Estate & General. Herbert Smith was picked as one of Hypo’s preferred advisers after it was spun […]

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