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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 […]


In brief: Ackner pamphlet on loss of independence

Former Law Lord Lord Ackner bemoans the erosion of judicial independence in a pamphlet being released by the John Stuart Mill Institute this week. The pamphlet, The Erosion of Judicial Independence, is based on the 1996 John Stuart Mill Lecture which was delivered by Lord Ackner last November.

Freemasonry prevalent in male membership of CMA

At least 16 per cent and up to 27 per cent of the male magistrates that sit on the Council of the Magistrates Association are Freemasons, according to a survey published last week. Anne Fuller, chair of the Magistrates Association, told the Home Affairs Select Committee that of the 51 male members of her council […]


Herbert Smith acted for Hypobank on three separate issues of medium-term notes worth 1bn Czech Crowns, 10bn Portuguese Escudos and £100m due respectively in 1998, 2007 and 2000. Allen & Overy acted for the lead manager on each issue.

In brief: Auditor general airs doubts on legal aid

The comptroller and auditor general Sir John Bourn has qualified his opinion on the Lord Chancellor’s Department account for criminal legal aid for the fifth year running. The National Audit Office said although there had been large improvements, in 1995-96 there were still wide variations in performance between individual magistrates’ courts which grant criminal legal […]


SJ Berwin & Co acted for Birmingham City on its £7.5m admission by placing to AIM.

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