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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.


Celebrity Cochran plans US network

Celebrity lawyer Johnnie Cochran, who represented OJ Simpson during his murder trial, is merging his 30-lawyer LA practice with a New York firm to form the biggest plaintiff’s negligence firm in the US. The merger between Cochran Cherry Givens & Smith and Schneider Kleinick Weitz Damashek & Shoot to create a 61-lawyer practice, is the […]

Square Mile

If the various legal journals are an accurate reflection of their readership, we are a profession of extroverts obsessed by the lateral hiring of each other on the one hand and our own pubic relations on the other. In my firm’s case, between May 1995 and May 1999 not one equity partner has been laterally […]

Sensible soundings

As our analysis this week shows, there are very few who still hold up the secret soundings system as an example of the way a modern society should appoint its highest legal figures. The Bar Council admits that the system needs to change preferring an advisory committee made up of judges and senior lawyers. Pressure […]


Dickinson Dees eyes Tees Valley

Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees is planning an expansion into the Tees Valley region within the next 12 months. The 48-partner firm is still considering how it will establish itself in the area, which covers Middlesbrough, Darlington, Stockton-On-Tees and Hartlepool. It will either give a group of Newcastle-based partners special responsibility for the Tees Valley or […]

Legality of sex offender index challenged

Roger Pearson reports on an appeal brought by a social worker who was dismissed following allegations of child abuse. An appeal is pending in a case which questions the legality of the Department of Health’s consultancy service index of alleged sex offenders. The purpose of the index is to assist employers in child care to […]

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