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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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Claimants left high and dry

In 1996, the Lord Chancellor described the English legal aid system as a “highly successful public social service”. Large numbers of people were helped to bring claims that resulted in a substantial recovery of damages and they could do so without having to carry the burden of financing that litigation. However, every sensible lawyer agreed […]

Withers takes over niche IP firm in departmental revamp

City firm Withers is taking over specialist intellectual property firm Maycock’s. The acquisition will go ahead in August, with Maycock’s City office shutting down. Founding partner John Maycock will head Withers’ revamped IP unit. The unit will have two partners including Maycock, and two assistants. The acquisition follows the departure of Maycock’s partner Peter McBride, […]

Dibbs beats CC in KPMG MBO survey

Dibb Lupton Alsop has topped the latest management buy-out survey from KPMG. In the latest edition of the quarterly Management Buy-Out Commentary, KPMG places the national firm ahead of both Clifford Chance and the legal section of venture capital company 3i. The survey gives a running total for management buy-outs and buy-ins (MBOs/ MBIs) carried […]

Smaller firms threaten to axe training schemes

A medium-sized firm has said it is considering dropping its training scheme after losing too many of its newly qualified solicitors to the richer City firms. Thomas Eggar Church Adams, a top-five South East firm, is understood to be debating the matter at a partners’ meeting this week. For the past few years the firm […]

Woolf reforms are an unrealistic Utopia

Without lawyers, the Woolf reforms sound like a brilliant idea – a court-managed process of dispute resolution in which everyone operating in the personal injury system conducts open, honest litigation with a general view to achieving a fair result for both parties. In this new Utopia, defendants would recognise that the victims in cases of […]

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