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Pubs, bars and restaurants using apps – managing Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 restrictions on the leisure, food & drink sector were relaxed in England on the 4 July, with other nations in the UK on differing timetables, and businesses are turning to app-based solutions to aida transition back to some form of normality. This briefing covers considerations for procuring and deploying mobile apps to manage Covid-19 restrictions.

Government announces £80m investment to cut emissions from homes and industry

As part of its decarbonisation agenda the Government has announced that it will invest nearly £80 million towards reducing carbon emissions across homes and energy intensive businesses. The announcement forms part of wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Angola: Mergers & Acquisitions 2020

Susana Almeida Brandão (Managing Associate) and Vanusa Gomes (Managing Associate of ASP Advogados – VdA Legal Partners member in Angola) write a chapter for ICLG Mergers & Acquisitons 2020, an international guide that compares legislation from around the world. The lawyers write the Angola chapter where they explain and develop the country’s mergers and acquisitions […]

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The Lawyer Inquiry: Sarah Simpson

Sarah Simpson was born in Staffordshire in 1973. She works as a trainee solicitor at Hammond Suddards, and spends time in its Leeds, London and Manchester offices. What was your first job? Pears baby. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £15,500 and a nice little house in Leeds. What would you have […]

Health care rights

The Council of Europe, the umbrella organisation containing the European Court of Human Rights, publishes The human rights, ethical and moral dimensions of health care, in June. It aims to be a guide to the rights of patients, patients’ families, doctors, nurses and carers, through precedents set in 120 case studies.

In brief: Law Soc assured over crime and disorder

The Law Society has welcomed assurances from Home Office minister Alun Michael that its concerns about the Crime & Disorder Bill will be addressed. In particular, the society is pleased that the Government is considering introducing a new two-stage process for granting legal aid for defendants facing indictable only charges, which will mean that they […]

Law Soc aims to help firms boost profitability with best practice advice

An initiative aimed at helping firms to improve their profitability by using up-to-date practice management systems was launched by the Law Society last week. A 65-page booklet – Cashflow and improved financial management: A self-help guide for solicitors – is being sent out free to all firms with fewer than 10 partners (approximately 9,500 practices). […]

Customs drops charges in butter fraud case

Customs & Excise has dropped all criminal charges in the largest ever European fraud case, apparently blaming the investigator formerly in charge of the case. But the lawyer defending the charges, Neil Gerrard, of Dibb Lupton Alsop, said: “I believe there are other reasons which they just haven’t told us yet.” Gerrard and his counsel […]

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