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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.


McGrigors introduces real estate first in firm rejig

An internal reorganisation at McGrigors has resulted in Katharine Hardie becoming the firm’s first head of real estate for Scotland. Previously McGrigors had only a national head, Philip Burroughs, now managing partner for London. The news coincides with two partner and six director level promotions within the firm, all of which take effect immediately. The […]

Stop the press

The Government is considering new laws to stop third parties influencing high-profile trials. Jon Robins reports on the profession’s reaction When the first trial of the former Leeds footballers Lee Bowyer and Jonathan Woodgate went belly-up after the Sunday Mirror published an interview deemed to be in contempt of court, it was reckoned to have […]

Beachcroft drills down into financial services with new partner

Beachcroft Wansbroughs is bolstering financial services practice after snaring a specialist from the sector. Mark Broadhead, formerly a compliance officer in insurance group Royal London, joins Beachcroft’s Manchester office as a partner. He will be responsible for developing the firm’s financial services practice in the region. Broadhead has worked in the financial services sector for […]

BLP boss in Commission for Racial Equality role

Berwin Leighton Paisner’s head of public affairs and public policy has been named as the new director of private sector at the Commission for Racial Equality. Brenda Stern will take a two-year secondment from the City firm to take up the role in October. First revealed on 28 September

Howes Percival gains major dispute resolution client

Howes Percival has scooped a prime London real estate contract for the International Dispute Resolution Centre (IRDC) ahead of City stalwarts. The four-office regional firm will instruct on the centre’s move from its Chancery Lane headquarters to new premises on Fleet Street. The IRDC is a world-renowned facility for mediation and arbitration hearings on both […]

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