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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.


Absolute power

John Cooper feels that the judge’s power to recommend a sentence should be prescribed by legislation When a defendant is convicted of murder, he faces a mandatory life sentence. The trial judge can then recommend to the Home Secretary, through a pronouncement in open court, the minimum term of years that he, the trial judge […]

There's more than one way to track down the ideal employee

Splitting from a law firm at a senior level is “a bit like getting divorced,” according to one partner who recently joined a rival practice. “It is a risk but if you suss out that the people in the new firm share the same goals and ideas, it can work out very well.” For those […]

The fall of los intocables

Michael Gillard looks at the machinations of a Spanish judge’s crusade against corruption in the highest government ranks Phoney companies set up to secretly channel kickbacks into party coffers; a fugitive police chief charged with embezzling public funds to amass a £2 million real estate portfolio and rogue elements in the intelligence service who bug […]

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 01/08/95

– JOHN BARRY SIMON MCKAY, 48, admitted 1975, practising at material time as Simon McKay, Ongar, Essex, fined £1,500. No order made as to costs. Allegations substantiated he wrongly drew and utilised client money and fail


Herbert Smith acted for Kleinwort Benson Securities in its role as underwriter/sponsor of the flotation of Stoves at an initial market capitalisation of £47 million.

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