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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.


Hidden agenda

Courts have traditionally been reluctant to regard a trust as a hiding place for a settlor’s assets, but recent cases in Jersey may have changed all that, say Andrew McKenzie and William Richmond-Coggan It is a truth, universally acknowledged, that a creditor seeking to enforce a substantial judgment will sooner or later turn their attention […]

Vinson’s Enron saga continues

Vinson & Elkins’ nightmare involvement in the Enron saga is showing no sign of coming to an end. Just when the Texas-based giant had begun to hope the worst was behind it, lawyers for Enron’s shareholders filed papers last week (13 June) alleging that the firm “acted with knowledge or at least with reckless disregard” […]

Shoosmiths increases PEP for fifth year running

Shoosmiths posted profit per equity partner (PEP) just short of £400,000 last financial year, marking the firm’s fifth consecutive year of profit increase. The 2005-06 financial year saw PEP hit £396,000, up 16 per cent on £342,000 for the 2004-05 financial year. It is the fifth year that the Northampton-based firm has increased profits, after […]

Camerons plays in defence for Dowie

Although not best known for its contacts in the sports world, CMS Cameron McKenna has scooped a role advising Iain Dowie and his new club, Charlton Athletic FC, on their dispute with Crystal Palace FC. Employment partner Simon Jeffreys is leading the defence of Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan’s claims that Dowie tricked him out […]

Cobbetts to lose 20 partners in review

Cobbetts plans to jettison up to 20 partners once a consultation on the firm’s future has been concluded. The 20 will be a mixture of full-equity, fixed-share and salaried partners. The changes are an attempt by Cobbetts to ramp up profitability from last year’s below-market-average profit per equity partner (PEP) of £190,000. Last month, Cobbetts […]

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