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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.


Shake-up planned for industrial tribunals

PLANS to streamline and speed up the UK’s industrial tribunal system are likely to receive a cautious welcome by employment lawyers. In a Green Paper unveiled last week, the Government is proposing to clamp down on “hopeless cases”, increase the role of legally-trained chairmen, and ensure that as many disputes as possible are settled voluntarily. […]

Law Soc backs army rights of audience

IN-HOUSE army lawyer Lt Col Stephen Vowles has been successful in his bid for rights of audience. The Law Society has given the army officer a block exemption from the society’s training programme and exam on the strength of his considerable court martial experience. Vowles, who last year prosecuted a murder case in Germany, is […]

Couderts' pair defect to Hammonds

COUDERT Brothers partners Christopher Haan and Peter Simpson have quit the firm to take up partnerships at the Leeds-based practice Hammond Suddards. The move comes only two years after the pair sent shock waves through the legal community by defecting to Couderts from City practice SJ Berwin & Co, where Haan was senior partner. Haan […]

Cooper heads Mondial team

ASSISTANCE group Mondial Assistance has recruited Howard Cooper from private practice as joint head of its expanding legal department. Cooper, formerly with Cameron Markby Hewitt (CMH), will lead the team alongside Nicole Clark, who was recently recruited from Southampton firm Woodford Ackroyd. Cooper’s appointment boosts the uninsured loss recovery unit which has grown dramatically since […]

Doughty Street recruits four

Geoffrey Robertson QC’s Doughty Street chambers is boosting its criminal practice by taking on four additional barristers. David Farrington and David Bentley join the chambers from Andrew Mitchell’s chambers at 171 Fleet Street. The addition of Paul Bogan from David Barnard’s chambers at 33 Bedford Row and Hugh Barton from Walter Aylen QC’s chambers in […]

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