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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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Camerons and Lovells eye double-digit growth as fee income stagnates across City. Law firms across the market are experiencing mixed financial fortunes at the half-year stage, with CMS Cameron McKenna and Lovells standing out as the only two firms predicting double-digit growth. With the half-year coming to a close on Friday (31 October), firms have […]

Speechly finds new home for Bagpuss

Holding company Coolabi has bought the rights to children’s television character Bagpuss. Speechly Bircham lawyer Nicholas Tall advised Coolabi on its conditional agreement to acquire Licensing by Design (LBD), subject to shareholder approval. LBD represents a number of IP assets including Bagpuss, The Clangers and Ivor the Engine. Coolabi is listed on AIM and controls […]

The US and Obama: what next?

Lawyers are welcoming a tide of new regulation when America’s president elect takes office, but what form will that regulation take? America was in party mood yesterday following the historic US presidential election victory of Senator Barack Obama. Late on Tuesday, much of the country was at an election night party which, in many cases, […]

Wachtell promotes six to the partnership

Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz has made up six lawyers to the partnership in the New York firm’s latest round of promotions. Corporate was the biggest beneficiary, receiving three promotions in the form of associates Matthew Guest, David Lam and Ante Vucic. Ian Boczko was promoted in litigation, while Damian Didden and David Kahan were […]

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Law firm freebie gives student electric shock

CMS Cameron McKenna has proved it’s not the brightest spark in the legal market – after a student received an electric shock from its law fair giveaway. The firm has had to recall hundreds of the branded travel adapters it had produced for the law fair season after a Cambridge University student was “shocked” by […]

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