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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.



Should the courts listen to Max Clifford’s invective of the Hamiltons in his defence against them? In the ghost town that is the law courts, there is a most interesting libel action afoot that continues to fascinate. It is an action between, in the blue corner, Neil Hamilton, famed for the libel action he dramatically […]

House of Lords votes to maintain status quo on Lord Chancellor role

The House of Lords yesterday (7 December) voted in favour of maintaining the centuries-old tradition that the Lord Chancellor be both a lawyer and a member of the Upper Chamber of Parliament. The votes on the two amendments to the Constitutional Reform Bill came after a lengthy debate, and represent further defeat for the government […]

Construction partner

This week’s caption competition, the latest in an occasional series, involves Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s head of finance Simon Hall. The wedge supremo was on a recent pro bono jaunt to Durban (see Pro Bono & Community Action, page 13). The pic shows him taking some time out from housebuilding. Tulkinghorn’s flock have come up with […]

Law Soc faces £2m bill for complaints handling

The cost to the Law Society of meeting revised complaints handling targets is likely to exceed £2m, it has emerged. Three weeks ago, Legal Services Complaints Commissioner Zahida Manzoor asked the society for an amended complaints handling proposal following an initial plan submitted in September. The society was given until today (6 December) to hand […]

Herbert Smith racks up £5m in fees on DTI’s nuclear clean-up

Herbert Smith has reaped around £5m in legal fees for its first 12 months of advising the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on the £48bn nuclear clean-up programme. The City firm scooped a two-year contract to advise the DTI on the commercial aspects relating to the creation of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) after […]

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