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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.

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Hammonds on course for turnaround at half-year stage

Hammonds has reported strong growth in turnover and profitability for the first six months of the current financial year, with half-year revenues estimated at £65m. The figure puts the firm well on course to beat last year’s £127.6m turnover, and average profit per equity partner should also be up from the £204,000 recorded in 2004-2005. […]

Pinsents lands £100m Kent schools initiative

Pinsent Masons‘ PFI lawyers have secured the firm’s first major deal for Kent County Council. The major financial completion project for Kent’s schools PFI is a £100m, 28-year concession to deliver state-of-the-art facilities to six schools. The firm was appointed to the council’s PPP panel in late 2003. It had taken instructions on smaller projects […]

Bird & Bird projects 20 per cent PEP rise at half-year

Bird & Bird’s continued European expansion has helped it to a 22 per cent increase in revenues at the half-year point. But the rapid international growth, which saw it reach 13 offices in 10 jurisdictions this year, has not hurt the bottom line. Chief executive David Kerr said profits lagged only slightly behind revenues in […]

Kilpatrick Stockton braces for more layoffs in London

Kilpatrick Stockton is set to conduct a swathe of compulsory redundancies as part of its ongoing bid to slash its London office. Preliminary voluntary redundancy negotiations have failed to reduce the office’s size as much as the firm’s executive committee had hoped – only cutting it by eight fee-earners to a total of 30. The […]

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