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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.


Network support launched

A PIONEERING consultancy has been launched in Bristol to help councils steer through the maze of problems arising from the reorganisation of local government. The Network support system will offer advice on key legal questions arising out of issues such as competitive tendering, staff transfers and employment contracts. Legal input for the Bristol-based consultancy is […]

Eyeing up the competition

According to Neasa MacErlean, lawyers are demanding a quid pro quo for referring work to accountancy firms Solicitors are not generally all that enamoured of their accountants. The preliminary results of a survey of solicitors’ views, conducted by accountants Baker Tilly, are almost embarrassingly telling. Solicitors were asked to say what their accountants did best. […]

Westminster lawyer gets the all-clear

Former Westminster city solicitor Matthew Ives has been cleared of wrongdoing in the council’s controversial “homes-for-votes” policy. Ives was among five people who were judged to have acted within the law by the council’s district auditor John Magill last week. Ives, now at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, was on holiday […]

Travellers challenge eviction

A legal battle which will test council powers to move new age travellers from municipal land edged closer last week when two groups won injunctions preventing their eviction. Travellers from Crowborough, East Sussex, and Temple Bruer, Lincolnshire, can remain on the land until a full High Court hearing is held. They are seeking a judicial […]

In brief: Crossman/Walker merger talks are off

Merger talks between London firms Crossman Block and Walker Martineau have been scrapped, it emerged last week. Peter Dale, chief executive at Crossman Block, says the two sides could not agree on a way forward. “The talks are off with no plans to restart,” he says. Dale adds that the firm still wants to expand […]

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