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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 […]


Case of the week

Superintendent Ray Mallon, the pioneer of zero tolerance policing in the UK, has learned that he will not face criminal charges after a £5m investigation into how the so-called ‘Robocop’ squad got information from the Teesside underworld. Mallon, whose drive against petty crime and anti-social behaviour has influenced Home Secretary Jack Straw’s own liberal pronouncements, […]

An exercise in integration

The Düsseldorf office of Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Loëber needed some permission to vote for the merger with Freshfields. Catrin Griffiths analyses the problems that inevitably arise when two firms of very different cultures merge So Freshfields has won the prize which Clifford Chance, Herbert Smith and Shearman & Sterling had so assiduously courted. Yet among […]

Deloittes forms M&A French link

Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal is joining forces with French firm Poitrinal & Associés/Galexia to boost its M&A activities. The move also is expected to strengthen the French legal arm of Deloitte & Touche’s capabilities in a number of related areas, among them LBOs (leverage buy-outs), risk capital, IPOs (initial public offerings), stock exchange […]

Hogan & Hartson pushes into Asia with new Tokyo office

Leading Washington DC firm Hogan & Hartson is opening an office in Tokyo – its first step into Asia. The 700-lawyer firm will specialise in intellectual property and corporate work in the office, initially for existing clients. The firm already represents Japanese car giant Toyota, telephone company NTT and technology companies Seiko Epson and Sanyo. […]

Legal Widow

I always start off a noisy game of tickling or “let’s play 101 Dalmations” whenever a certain advert comes on the telly. It’s the one where Smarmy Man One beats Smarmy Man Two to his boss’ eternal affections by working on a report at the weekend and emailing it out before Monday rolls around. At […]

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