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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.

Coronavirus Angola: Measures on commercial activity

In the context of mitigating the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, the Ministry of Commerce has approved Executive Decree No. 143/ 20 of 9 April, which establishes a set of measures aimed at maintaining commercial activity across the whole country during the State of Emergency.


Norton Rose re-elects Lewis

Lewis’s re-election, which was uncontested, follows the recent agreement within the firm to give managing partner, Roger Birkby a third crack of the whip. A mergers and acquisitions lawyer, Lewis will continue to combine that practice with the post of Senior Partner. The Lewis and Birkby combination has seen something of a boom period at […]


Greek electricity transmission system restructures in compliance with EU Directive. Public Power Corporation of Greece advised by Norton Rose (Richard Metcalf, assisted by Jonathan Evans and Ioanna Stephanaki), ESB International from Ireland and Greek consultants LDK, led by National Economic Research Associates (NERA).

Haarmanns doubles UK tax capability

German firm Haarmann Hemmelrath & Partner has hired a second tax partner for its growing London office. Raymond Breden is joining Haarmanns’ sole London private tax partner, Peter Vaines. He comes from Pfizer (formerly Warner-Lambert) where he specialised in corporate tax. He has experience in pan-European joint venture and corporate structure work and has acted […]

LCD forces anti-judge web-site to close

In an online open letter to the Lord Chancellor, James Hulbert denounced five judges who heard cases in which he claims he was denied justice. The LCD’s lawyers moved in and complained to Hulbert’s internet service providers that the material was offensive. The site was “disabled with immediate effect”. Hulbert was acquitted of deception and […]

Langleys accused of misusing Blair connection

Langley & Co, which is representing the lawyers bringing unfair dismissal claims against CMS Cameron McKenna’s CIS group, has been accused of improperly using Cherie Booth QC’s political connections. The allegation was made on the second day of Camerons’ application to have the unfair dismissal and discrimination claims of Dmitri Chebotarev and Natasha Thompson struck […]

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