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GC roundtable: How to communicate with impact in a virtual world

As most of us are still working from home, we are communicating virtually for long periods every day, with diverse groups of people from different cultures, forums and time zones. We are continuing our usual work tasks and commitments, but now having to deliver meetings and presentations as well as communicate a host of difficult messages.

Coronavirus: Update of public calamity situation in Angola

Presidential Decree no. 229/20 of 8 September 2020 has been published and its aim is to reassess the measures imposed by Presidential Decree no. 142/20, considering the evolution of the epidemiological situation. The new decree renews most of the measures already in force, although it also eases some restrictions.

Romania: Public procurement and self-cleaning of cartel members

In Romania, companies that commit severe professional misconduct are excluded from participation in public procurement procedures. Yet, these companies have received some good news recently thanks to a common opinion issued by the Romanian National Agency for Public Procurement (“ANAP”) and the national Competition Council (the “Common Opinion”). In this article we analyse the clarifications introduced by the Common Opinion on how self-cleaning can be achieved by blacklisted companies.


New team boosts Shoosmiths’ turnover

Shoosmiths has boosted its Birmingham income by 20 per cent just six months after hiring a social housing team from Cobbetts. Head of Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office Joel ­Kordan, who joined from Cobbetts’ Birmingham pre-merger firm Lee Crowder in 2003, said: “There was a lot of pressure for the team to perform, but they exceeded their […]


Bates Wells holds Poetry Day breakfast

London charity specialist Bates Wells & Braithwaite has hosted a poetry breakfast with Cornish poet Sally Crabtree in advance celebration of National Poetry Day today. Co-hosted with Scandinavian bank SEB in the canteen the two businesses share, the event yesterday morning was themed ‘work’, and involved lawyers and bankers being read poems and offered edible […]

Robert Anderson QC: Blackstone Chambers

If a movie was made about your life, which actor would play you and why?Tom Cruise (for the height) and Boris Karloff (for the looks). Charlie Chaplin should do the stunts. What was your first-ever job?A camping courier in the Vendée. What was your worst ­experience as a pupil?Rushing out the door with an armful […]

Duff advice

If Tulkinghorn casts his mind back he can still recall the global financial meltdown of the late 1920s and 1930s. Back then, of course, one could always find solace in a good book. But in these days of 24-hour news and 100-point headlines it is hard to distance oneself from events. And few people find […]

CEE spinoff’s ‘Kinstellar’ branding highlights close ties with Linklaters

Linklaters” />Linklaters’ Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) spin-off firm is gearing up for its launch next month, calling itself Kinstellar. Former Linklaters managing partner for CEE Jason Mogg will lead the new firm, which will have a close ­association with Linklaters. Mogg revealed that a branding company came up with the firm’s name, deriving Kinstellar […]

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