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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.


SIFA plans "hotline" for financial advice

Mick Kavanagh reports A panel of more than a dozen regional law firms have signed up to lead a drive to encourage the take-up of financial services business across the profession. The scheme, established by Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice (Sifa), will offer other firms “mother hen” advice and consultancy to help establish themselves in […]

Scots fight back on house sales

Edinburgh Solicitors Property Centre (ESPC), which dominates domestic house sales in the Edinburgh area, has opened its fifth office as part of a growing fight back by Scottish solicitors against estate agency chains. The Sterling office, opened last month, adds to the Dunfermline, Falkirk and Kirkcaldy offices of ESPC which operate alongside its main branch […]

Spreading the finance creed

NON-EU lawyers practising in Germany can now use their home title thanks to legislation passed by the German Parliament. The change, which has been effective since last month, was welcomed by foreign lawyers who have waged a long battle with the German government and bar authorities to have the situation changed. “We are now allowed […]

High success rate for LPC students

More than 80 per cent of students who undertook the first year of the Law Society’s new legal practice course have passed. Figures released by the society last week show 17 per cent of students received distinctions while a further 44 per cent were commended. The course, taught by 16 institutions in England and Wales, […]

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