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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.


Brief encounter: bates wells & braithwaite

Bates Wells & Braithwaite is a firm with just 100 staff. It has a host of familiar names among its clients, and most of them are charities. Its profits, though respectable, are nowhere near the same as could be gleaned from commercial clients of the same pedigree. With up to half of its income coming […]

The £64,000 question

Congratulations to the College of Law’s press machine, which just keeps on rolling. This week’s subject is David Stainer, a 22-year-old studying at the college’s Guildford branch. His claim to fame? He won £64,000 on ITV’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Baker Botts opens in Riyadh with two Arent Fox partners

Arent Fox closes Saudi Arabia office; Baker Botts swoops for partners Baker Botts has taken on two partners from Washington DC firm Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, which is closing its Saudi Arabia office. Houston-based 300-partner firm Baker Botts is setting up a Riyadh office with the two Arent Fox partners to bolster its […]


So it’s goodbye Patrick Drayton, current director general at the Takeover Panel, and hello Philip Remnant, senior banker at Credit Suisse First Boston, who will begin a two-year secondment in April. But oh, Mr Remnant, do you really know what you’ve let yourself in for? Heading the Takeover Panel has hardly been a bed of […]

Spitalfields Development brings in Nabarros and CC to review Norton Rose planning work

Clifford Chance and Nabarro Nathanson have been called in to give a second opinion on Norton Rose’s planning work on Spitalfields Market. Norton Rose failed to push a reserve application through for the commercial development after a small Cambridge firm forced Tower Hamlets Council to withdraw from a judicial review at the High Court (The […]

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