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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.


Norton Rose courts US firms for merger talks…

Norton Rose is in merger talks with a number of US law firms, The Lawyer can reveal. The news comes as Clifford Chance embarks on its pioneering merger with New York firm Rogers & Wells. Roger Birkby, managing partner of Norton Rose, says: “We talk to a lot of firms in the US about various […]

Religion's role in child welfare case

A recent case has, for the first time, forced the courts to consider whether religion should be a decisive factor when placing children with foster parents and how far the wishes of the natural parents should be taken into consideration in respect of their children’s religious up-bringing. An eight-year-old girl, known as “N” and who […]

A&O acts in u1.5bn estate deal

Allen & Overy has ad-vised on the largest-ever European property securitisation. The firm acted for bank Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on the u1.54bn securitisation of the Broadgate estate in the City of London. The deal outweighs that of Canary Wharf, which last year was thought to be the largest multi-million pound property securitisation conducted. The […]


US firm Mayer Brown & Platt represented Bozano Simonsen in its management of a 50-million-euro

Courting international business

International courts are taking more business cases than ever before and the race is on to pick up this lucrative source of work. Matheu Swallow finds that UK firms are desperately trying to catch up with their US rivals. International litigation is booming. There has been an explosion both in the number of international courts, […]

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