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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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SRA names Herbies consultant as next chair

Herbert Smith consultant Charles Plant has been appointed as the next chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board. Plant will begin his four-year term on 1 January 2010, when current chair Peter Williamson will stand down. Plant said: “I know that the SRA board, like other legal regulators, faces significant challenges in developing its […]

Herbies’ NQ retention rates plummet

Herbert Smith’s retention rates for trainee solicitors due to qualify in the autumn has dropped to 74 per cent. . The top ten law firm has confirmed that it is holding onto 48 out of 65 of its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers. In contrast Herbert Smith’s retention rate for September 2008 and Spring 2009 qualifiers […]

Herbert Smith’s retention rate slides

Herbert Smith’s retention rate for trainee solicitors due to qualify in the autumn has dropped to 74 per cent. The top 10 law firm has confirmed that it is holding on to 48 out of 65 of its newly qualified (NQ) lawyers. In contrast, Herbert Smith’s retention rate for September 2008 and spring 2009 qualifiers […]

Top London sets circle Singapore

London set 20 Essex Street and members of Essex Court Chambers are in advanced talks to take space in Singapore’s flagship arbitration centre Maxwell Chambers, The Lawyer can reveal. The purpose-built arbitration centre, which is funded by the Singapore government, is due to open at the beginning of 2010. Its aim is to house hearing facilities as well as international arbitration […]

After Setanta – Sky’s the limit

Given the regulator’s reluctance to split up Sky, will the government realise that competition law is not fit for purpose, if the purpose is changingSky’s behaviour to make life easier for its rivals? Time for Regulators to Stop Promoting Sky’s Rivals? In December 2001, after lengthy investigations, the OFT found that Sky had a dominant […]

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