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GC roundtable: How to communicate with impact in a virtual world

As most of us are still working from home, we are communicating virtually for long periods every day, with diverse groups of people from different cultures, forums and time zones. We are continuing our usual work tasks and commitments, but now having to deliver meetings and presentations as well as communicate a host of difficult messages.

Coronavirus: Update of public calamity situation in Angola

Presidential Decree no. 229/20 of 8 September 2020 has been published and its aim is to reassess the measures imposed by Presidential Decree no. 142/20, considering the evolution of the epidemiological situation. The new decree renews most of the measures already in force, although it also eases some restrictions.

Romania: Public procurement and self-cleaning of cartel members

In Romania, companies that commit severe professional misconduct are excluded from participation in public procurement procedures. Yet, these companies have received some good news recently thanks to a common opinion issued by the Romanian National Agency for Public Procurement (“ANAP”) and the national Competition Council (the “Common Opinion”). In this article we analyse the clarifications introduced by the Common Opinion on how self-cleaning can be achieved by blacklisted companies.

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In brief: Sundin lands property shop management role

Alistair Sundin (right) has been appointed regional manager for the North East Solicitors Property Shop (SPS). The property centre, which is being set up by the Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC), is due to begin trading later this year.

US in-house depts grow

The latest survey of the 200 largest in-house legal departments by US magazine Corporate Legal Times and US firm Kirkpatrick & Lockhart has found that they have grown by an average of almost 15 per cent – roughly 120 lawyers. Travelers Group heads the list with 760 lawyers worldwide.

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