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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.


Howard Kennedy, Brick Court face negligence accusation

Howard Kennedy and Brick Court Chambers’ Andrew Lydiard QC have found themselves the target of a claim brought by a former client who says he suffered loss of opportunity following their advice. The case, currently being heard in the High Court before Mr Justice Cooke, is brought by a Portuguese businessman. Antonio Anibal Andrade Baptista […]

Don’t Bank on China

It’s hoped that China’s accession into the WTO should prove lucrative for foreign organisations The 2006 year has been branded the ‘Year of the Bank’. Indeed, on the fifth anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Chinese banking sector is expected to undergo a revolutionary transformation. As part of China’s WTO […]

Two mergers, two stories

The mergers just keep coming. On the same day as 11 New Square and 11 Old Square joined to become Radcliffe Chambers, Two Field Court and 17 Bedford Row merged to form Field Court Chambers. But the stories of the two mergers are somewhat different. Radcliffe sees two solid, but low-profile, chancery sets merge to […]

Scottish schools pfi provides rich pickings

Pinsent Masons, Linklaters and Scottish firms Dundas & Wilson and Shepherd and Wedderburn advised on the £352.2m South Lanarkshire Schools PFI project. The scheme is the third-largest bond-financed schools project in the UK to date and comprises 17 project facilities, which will operate under a 33-year concession ending on 31 August 2039. Dundas advised South […]

Watson snares FFW PFI team for London office

Newcastle’s Watson Burton has raided Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW) for a construction and PFI team to boost its new London office. Construction and PFI partner Lawrence Bruce and associate Olivia Bateman join the new London office as partners. Bruce joined FFW as a partner in 2001 from Philadelphia-based Buchanan Ingersoll. He has experience of public […]

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