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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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NSW eases its MDP rules

The Australian state of New South Wales is close to finalising rules easing the restrictions on multidisciplinary partnerships and the incorporation of practices. In particular, the NSW government’s Legal Advisory Council has proposed allowing non-lawyers to take a larger stake in MDPs. At present, 51 per cent of net profits of an MDP must go […]

Labour lawyers in bid to bridge communication gap with Irvine

Backbench Labour lawyer MPs are to meet the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine early next month to quiz him on his planned legal aid reforms. The meeting, the first to be held by a new backbench group of Labour lawyer MPs headed by barrister Gareth Thomas, will provide Lord Irvine with a crucial opportunity to garner […]

LAB up against time over contracting scheme

Elizabeth Davidson questions whether an effective set of reforms can be developed by the LAB within the Lord Chancellor’s tight deadline. ONLY legal aid practitioners who have spent the past five years with their heads buried firmly in the sand will be surprised by the imminent arrival of exclusive legal aid contracts. When the Lord […]

Sweeping up in South East Asia

The stock market crash in South East Asia is providing numerous opportunities for British lawyers in both insolvency and corporate recovery, says John Willcock. John Willcock is a freelance journalist. Many parts of South East Asia have experienced headlong growth over the last 20 years or so without an associated development of professional services. There […]

In brief: Miners group wins lung disease case

Hugh James, of Cardiff, and Sheffield-based Irwin Mitchell are celebrating last Friday’s test case victory of a group of miners who blamed British Coal for their lung diseases. Mr Justice Turner described the cases as ‘the tip of the iceberg’ and thousands more miners are now expected to bring claims.

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