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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.


Mission impossible

Instructing an agent was, and in many cases still is, a matter of thumbing through a directory and phoning a firm to see if it has anyone available, then sending off a bundle of documents – probably a day before the hearing – and hoping all goes well. If it does not, the usual move […]

Penny Christie sees problems with exchange of statements.

Penny Christie is a litigation partner at Bird & Bird. One of the stated objectives of the rule on exchange of witness statements (RSC Order 38 Rule 2A) is “the avoidance of a trial”, and as a procedural device to speed up compromise settlements, it works well. Whether it helps with the fair and open […]


Security guide

A guide on IT security has been produced by legal IT consultants Irwin Associates. How to Survive a Computer Disaster explains how companies can prepare an IT security plan as well as how to reduce the impact of a security breach. The guide costs £37. For further details contact Graham Irwin on 01234 376319.

The Lawyer Inquiry: Anne Harvey

Anne Harvey was born in Glasgow in 1959. She lives in Oxfordshire and is research manager for Holiday Which? magazine in London, where she has developed the coverage of legal issues. What was your first job? Filing clerk at the firm where I became a partner. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? […]

Toulson made chair

Alan Toulson, senior partner at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, has been elected chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. His firm has been honorary solicitor to the chamber since 1923.

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