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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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Freshfields defeats Competition Commission

Freshfields has scored an appeal victory for Tesco after the Competition Commission tried to alter the process for approving new stores. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer competition partner Deirdre Trapp has scored a Competition Appeal Tribunal victory for supermarket giant Tesco after the Competition Commission tried to alter the process for okaying new or extended stores. Tesco, […]

Gide defies gloomy forecast with double launch in Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Leading French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel will launch two new offices in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, opening simultaneously in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The firm will open with 10 lawyers split equally between the two new offices, with Casablanca and Paris partners Sami Fakhoury?and?Yassir ­Ghorbal leading the Dubai and Abu Dhabi offices […]

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Latham to cut 440 jobs as workloads plummet

US firm Latham & Watkins is to lay off a total of 440 employees across its global network. Earlier this morning managing partner Bob Dell emailed the entire firm announcing a plan to shed 12 per cent of its associate ranks, the equivalent of 190 people, and 10 per cent of all paralegals and staff. […]

Addleshaws chief to become firm’s first chair

Addleshaw Goddard managing partner Mark Jones is to become the firm’s first chairman after standing uncontested for the position. Addleshaw Goddard managing partner Mark Jones (pictured) is to become the firm’s first chairman after standing uncontested for the position. Jones has led the firm for 17 years, first as managing partner of Booth & Co, […]

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Maitland wins fraud case for pub chain JD Wetherspoon

Catherine Newman QC of Maitland Chambers has won a High Court victory on behalf of JD Wetherspoon (JDW). Catherine Newman The pub chain accused its former property advisor Van de Berg (VdB), and VdB’s managing director Christian Braun, of fraud during the 16 years it worked with the company. During that time JDW paid the […]

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