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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.

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39 Essex St opens in Manchester as Admin Court work pours in

London set 39 Essex Street is poised to launch a Manchester branch in June. London set 39 Essex Street is poised to launch a Manchester branch in June. Initially barristers will commute to the base from the chambers’ London headquarters, but the set has long-term aims to recruit locally. Chambers director Michael Meeson said more […]

Taylor Wessing reveals new tactics

Taylor Wessing has unveiled a package of measures in response to the economic slump, including offering all employees an extra two weeks of holiday in return for a 3.85 per cent reduction in salary. Taylor Wessing has unveiled a package of measures in response to the economic slump, including offering all employees an extra two […]

Beachcroft targets litigation in promotions round

Beachcroft has promoted nine to the partnership, with the focus heavily on dispute resolution for the second consecutive year. The firm made up six partners in 2008, with four added to the litigation team. This year five have made the grade. “Beachcroft is continuing to implement a planned programme of targeted growth in our key […]

Herbert Smith slashes jobs in London

Herbert Smith is to cut up to 84 members of staff from its London office. Salaries will be frozen at 2008-09 levels, meaning an associate moving from one year’s post-qualification experience (PQE) to two years’ PQE will remain on £71,000. The firm said the job cuts would affect 33 people in its corporate practice, with […]

Landlocked and loaded

It has been a diplomatic incident waiting to happen for decades. Germany’s efforts to claw back tax from citizens who hold bank accounts in Luxembourg has been an ongoing bone of contention, but recessions have a habit of strengthening people’s resolve, and political pressure from the G20 countries appears to have driven the first wedge […]

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