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After Covid-19: Return to work and the “new normal”

COVID-19 has left the whole world shaken. There’s a lot of debate going on about how soon life will return to normal, and whether things will ever be quite the same as used to be. Certainly the ‘post COVID19 return to work’ is a hot topic right now, particularly after recent advice from the UK Government.

Government makes it easier for manufacturers to offer PPE on the European market

Following a European Commission Recommendation published on 13 March 2020 (EC Recommendation), the government have taken steps to relax regulatory requirements in relation to the production of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The changes enable manufacturers to place PPE on the market more quickly in an effort to meet the ever increasing demand […]

Angola: banking regulations 2020

The Angolan banking system now comprises 26 banks, it being widely agreed that Angola’s banking institutions will need to continue their consolidation over the next few years – particularly considering that Angolan banking institutions still have a high rate of nonperforming loans (NPLs), despite the 5% reduction in 2018, and are being required to comply with international best practices and standards issued by the Basel Committee on banking supervision.

Changes in the real estate landscape

The past week has seen significant changes for all involved in real estate. This article summaries the key points owners and their advisors need to know.

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An audience with a solicitor

Philip Parish believes the hurdles that solicitor-advocates face in getting full higher court rights of audience will ultimately disappear, paving the way for better career opportunities. Philip Parish is a solicitor-advocate at Linklaters. The options open to an aspiring advocate have always been numerous, ranging from criminal or civil, specialist or general practice, in London […]

Barristers accused of arrogance and self-importance

MEMBERS of the public have showered the Bar Council’s new complaints body with complaints accusing their barristers of “arrogance”, “self-importance” and “rudeness”. Complaints against barristers have rocketed by nearly 30 per cent since the Bar Council introduced a controversial complaints procedure last April. The rise – from 431 complaints in 1996 to 551 last year […]

Ashursts axes £1m IT system

ASHURST Morris Crisp has wasted an estimated £1m by scrapping a practice management system which it purchased less than two years ago. The firm decided last month to abandon its project to install Keystone Systems’ practice management system – originally due to be up and running a year ago. Two weeks ago Ashursts signed a […]

Are sex changes an "overriding need'?

Three transsexuals are seeking judicial review of a health authority’s refusal to fund their sex change operations, reports Roger Pearson. The High Court is to investigate whether three transsexuals are entitled to have their sex-change operations funded by a local health authority. North West Lancashire Health Authority refused to fund the operations, but now Mr […]

Napier to make big decision this week

Michael Napier is due to announce this week whether he is to stand against Michael Mathews in this summer’s Law Society presidential elections. Last week David McIntosh guaranteed a contested election by putting his name forward for vice-president against Robert Sayer, the current deputy vice-president. In a letter to council members Napier, senior partner at […]

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