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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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Race awards open

The Commission for Racial Equality has opened entries for the second year of its Local Authority Race Awards. The awards, open to authorities in England, Scotland and Wales, include categories for education, tackling racial harassment and violence, and initiatives for young people. Entries close on 28 February.

'Barristers and solicitors to achieve parity of pay'

I want 1995 to be the year in which the Bar takes concrete steps to establish its reputation as a robust and competitive professional service. The Bar can be justifiably proud of its integrity, professionalism and excellence. I want to build on that by implementing reforms that ensure that education, training and working practices at […]

Justice asks for separate review body

THE LONG-AWAITED review body for investigating miscarriages of justice begins its legislative journey amid fears that its independence could be compromised. Campaigning group Justice argues the Criminal Cases Review Commission, should have its own team of investigators rather than using police. Justice has also raised concerns that commission members will be appointed by the Government […]

Reed signs up Lexis

Publisher Reed Elsevier has completed its $1.5 billion purchase of Lexis-Nexis from forest products company Mead Corporation in the US. The purchase also includes state legal publisher The Michie Company and legal information management software suppliers Jurisoft and Folio Corporation. Lexis-Nexis regards Reed Elsevier as a more strategic partner than its previous parent. The group […]

Government's U-turn on part-time workers 'no surprise' say lawyers

EMPLOYMENT lawyers have responded with astonishment to press coverage of the Government’s climb down over the House of Lords judgement on part-time workers rights, saying reports have “made a mountain out of a molehill”. They claim Employment Secretary Michael Portillo’s acceptance of the ruling was “inevitable” and tribunals had already begun adapting the law to […]

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