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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.


Eversheds on a par with national competitors

National firms Eversheds, Pinsent Masons and Wragge & Co have all posted revenue rises of between 10 and 11.5 per cent. Eversheds has increased its revenue by 10 per cent, from £356m to £390m. Profit per equity partner (PEP) is also up by 10 per cent, from £502,000 to £552,000. Net profit, which last year […]

Personal injury

In May 2007, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) published a set of proposals aimed at radically overhauling the UK’s personal injury (PI) system. It aimed to introduce a raft of measures designed to speed up the process with the aim of cutting costs and improving access to justice for both claimants and defendants. The MoJ […]

Separated at birth

Clive Anderson does anything but Talk Back these days. In fact, he’s seldom seen talking at all – at least not on television. Clearly not content to while away the years on the radio, the former chat show host has upped sticks to Moscow and conveniently assumed the identity of Bleddyn Phillips, Clifford Chance‘s recently […]

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 […]

Freshfields elects new finance joint chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has elected Alan Newton as its new joint practice group leader (PGL) of global finance. Newton is currently head of structured finance and will begin in the new position on 1 August, taking over from Perry Noble who recently announced his retirement from Freshfields’ partnership (The Lawyer, 18 April 2008). Newton said: […]

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