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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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Financing

Trowers & Hamlins acted for Quadrant Housing Finance, London & Quadrant Housing Trust and London & Quadrant Bexley Housing Association on a £130m Eurobond issue. Clifford Chance acted for the lead manager, Banque Paribas, and Linklaters acted for AMBAC Insurance (UK).

High Holborn provides a new home for Lovells

Lovell White Durrant’s long search for new premises appears to be finally at an end and the firm is not going to be moving very far. The Lawyer understands that Lovells is close to an agreement with the Prudential to take a lease at the Atlantic House building on High Holborn in London. However, no […]

Bahl faces surprise challenge

Equal Opportunities Commission chair Kamlesh Bahl faces a surprise fight for the Law Society deputy vice-presidency with a Martin Mears ally. David Keating – who last year made an unsuccessful bid for the vice-presidency as Martin Mears’ running mate – threw his hat into the ring last week, claiming Bahl would be unable to adequately […]

Lovells' and BCCI liquidators' fees to get independent scrutiny

BCCI creditors are to appoint a watchdog to oversee the liquidators and their lawyer, Lovell White Durrant, after they ran up fees totalling $313m over the past seven years. A report to the Department of Trade and Industry last December revealed that legal fees up to January 1997 totalled $94.5m. This figure includes counsels’ fees […]

Many trainees are happy

I read the article on page two and the editorial on page18 of the student focus in The Lawyer, 19 May, with an open mind, but found your message misleading. While “bitterness, disillusionment and despair” is an understandable reaction to a salary of £3,500 in today’s profession, the inclusion of the quote referring to the […]

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