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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: Herbert Smith appoints nine partners

Herbert Smith has appointed nine new partners with effect from 1 April. Pictured from left to right are the seven based in the firm’s London office: Carol Shutkever, corporate; Alan Watts, commercial litigation; Bradley Phillips, tax; Andrew Lidbetter, commercial litigation and public law; Ben Ward, corporate; Sophie Quayle, planning; and Chris De Pury, commercial property. […]


Leading commercial and public law set 2 Hare Court has elected Charles Flint QC and Presiley Baxendale QC as joint heads of chambers (pictured above). Baxendale was counsel during the Arms to Iraq hearings. Colin Ross-Munro QC, head of chambers for the past 19 years, will continue to practice from the set. In August, the […]

Merger prospects for Birmingham sets rejected

Birmingham Chambers 3 Fountain Court has unanimously rejected a merger offer from its neighbour 4 Fountain Court. The move is the latest stage of a frantic round of merger offers and talks at the Birmingham Bar which has already led to one merger announcement that of Priory Chambers and 7 Fountain Court. Head of chambers […]

What price the pursuit of fiscal crime?

John Rhodes believes the British government should think twice before attempting to extend money laundering legislation to fiscal offences in offshore jurisdictions. John Rhodes is a partner at city law firm Macfarlanes. No-one objects to laws which help to identify and thwart drug barons. But by planning to introduce legislation against money laundering in offshore […]

Law Soc welcomes EU-US free tade area with trepidation

European Union plans to start talks on creating a free trade area between the US and the EU have been cautiously welcomed by the Law Society as a way to break the deadlock with the US over rights of establishment of EU solicitors in the US. Earlier this month, the European Commission gave the go […]

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