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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.


Slaughters, De Brauw, Uría unveil to open in Beijing

Slaughter and May has become the latest firm to target China’s fast-growing economy by announcing it is to open an office in Beijing. In a shock move for the City giant, it is planning to launch a single-partner outpost by the end of 2009 to cement its relationships with Chinese referral firms. Slaughters has few […]

Never-ending story

Sixty-seven years on from its initial hearing in 1941, the epic Re Jahre litigation is nearing what could prove to be its last, decisive chapter. But don’t hold your breath. In his 1852-3 novel Bleak House, Charles Dickens wrote: “Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become […]

MLS Chase

Manoj Ladwa set up MLS Chase in 2002 because he felt there was a gap in the UK market for a firm that focused solely on the Indian market. Since then India has become big business for City firms – but according to Ladwa his firm is still the only one that has a pure […]

It takes two

It’s no accident that the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court are separate entities – and that’s how they should stay, argues Geoffrey Zelin. It is beyond doubt that the Chancery Division and the Commercial Court each offer judges of the highest quality. Moreover, there is a considerable overlap in their work. Many contractual disputes […]

Freshfields becomes first magic circle firm to make redundancies

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has axed as many as four associates in its real estate group, becoming the first magic circle firm to make redundancies. A spokeswoman for the firm confirmed that “more than one, but fewer than five” associates had departed, but would not confirm the exact number. Tim Jones, chairman of the London management […]

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