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GC roundtable: How to communicate with impact in a virtual world

As most of us are still working from home, we are communicating virtually for long periods every day, with diverse groups of people from different cultures, forums and time zones. We are continuing our usual work tasks and commitments, but now having to deliver meetings and presentations as well as communicate a host of difficult messages.

Coronavirus: Update of public calamity situation in Angola

Presidential Decree no. 229/20 of 8 September 2020 has been published and its aim is to reassess the measures imposed by Presidential Decree no. 142/20, considering the evolution of the epidemiological situation. The new decree renews most of the measures already in force, although it also eases some restrictions.

Romania: Public procurement and self-cleaning of cartel members

In Romania, companies that commit severe professional misconduct are excluded from participation in public procurement procedures. Yet, these companies have received some good news recently thanks to a common opinion issued by the Romanian National Agency for Public Procurement (“ANAP”) and the national Competition Council (the “Common Opinion”). In this article we analyse the clarifications introduced by the Common Opinion on how self-cleaning can be achieved by blacklisted companies.


Whitfield promoted to BT general counsel

THE HEAD of legal at British Telecom, Alan Whitfield, has been promoted to the position of group general counsel. Former chief legal adviser Colin Green has been appointed to the more executive role of commercial director and secretary. Whitfield, who will now be British Telecom’s main legal adviser, says the appointments recognise an existing state […]

Law Society defends its rights over e-commerce regulations

The Law Society says it will fight any erosion of legal privilege in new e-commerce regulations. It has rejected proposals to allow client files to be opened on a warrant issued by a secretary of state, saying that this power should lie with the judiciary. Michael Mathews, president of the Law Society, is adamant that […]


Denton Hall has been appointed by the Egyptian government to advise on its telecommunication regulation. London-based Denton Hall partner Nicholas Higham will work in Egypt with Bridget McKinney, head of its Cairo office, Denton Hall Fox & Gibbons. Meanwhile, Trowers & Hamlins has revealed it is to move into more permanent Cairo premises following the […]

Council flexes its purchasing power

A High Court decision giving the green light for Kingston Upon Thames Borough Council to compulsorily purchase a property which it claimed had been neglected by its owner adds a new dimension to the compulsory purchase powers of local authorities. The decision has raised the question of just how far councils can go in imposing […]

City firms infected by e-mail virus

The computer virus Melissa has hit City law firms forcing at least one top practice to shut down its server. Melissa floods the computer system with unwanted e-mails which lists pornographic sites on the Internet. Baker & McKenzie had to shut down its computer network after an overload in the system due to the virus. […]

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