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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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The Apprentice analysed…

Each week we watch as Sir Alan Sugar yells ‘YOU’RE FIRED!’ at one of The Apprentice wannabes. More deliciously salacious is watching these wannabes trying to make the most of Sir Alan’s tasks. With only one six-figure salary on offer the contestants declare all out war to get their hands on the prize. Inevitably, this […]

People

•UK- and US-qualified lawyer Aaron Stephens has joined Berwin Leighton Paisner’s London office as a senior associate from DLA Piper. •Sir Michael Bichard, chair of the Legal Services Commission, is standing down to take up a new post as director of a new Institute for Government. The commission is to launch a recruitment exercise to […]

SJ Berwin PEP growth stalled

SJ Berwin has released it year-end financial results, revealing turnover up by 14 per cent from £189m to £215m. However average profit per equity partner (PEP) has nudged up by just 2.4 per cent, to £801,000 from £782,000 last year. Managing partner Ralph Cohen said: “We have had another very strong year, with great results […]

Herbert Smith lays down the gauntlet

Looks like Herbies got in first for a reason. It’s usually the earliest to declare its results simply because its financial year ends in March. But this year, I reckon it was on a mission – to dispel the notion that it had dropped off the pace. With PEP over a million for a first […]

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