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Pubs, bars and restaurants using apps – managing Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 restrictions on the leisure, food & drink sector were relaxed in England on the 4 July, with other nations in the UK on differing timetables, and businesses are turning to app-based solutions to aida transition back to some form of normality. This briefing covers considerations for procuring and deploying mobile apps to manage Covid-19 restrictions.

Government announces £80m investment to cut emissions from homes and industry

As part of its decarbonisation agenda the Government has announced that it will invest nearly £80 million towards reducing carbon emissions across homes and energy intensive businesses. The announcement forms part of wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Angola: Mergers & Acquisitions 2020

Susana Almeida Brandão (Managing Associate) and Vanusa Gomes (Managing Associate of ASP Advogados – VdA Legal Partners member in Angola) write a chapter for ICLG Mergers & Acquisitons 2020, an international guide that compares legislation from around the world. The lawyers write the Angola chapter where they explain and develop the country’s mergers and acquisitions […]


Expedia panel plan to stir up tech firms

Expedia’s newly-appointed European general counsel Luisa Edwards will spark a feeding frenzy among Europe’s tech-focused firms as she establishes the company’s first legal panel. The travel website has spent more than $1bn (£55m) protecting its brand across the world, and Europe’s numerous jurisdictions create vast problems, with people infringing the Expedia name. The slump in […]

Appeal judges place limits on second generation of vibration white finger claims

A second generation of vibration white finger (VWF) claims suffered a blow last month when Appeal judges held that smaller scale employers had a later date of knowledge of the condition than had previously been attributed to the likes of British Coal in the ‘heavy industry’ claims. The case, Doherty v Rugby Joinery and Others, […]

Simmons boosts China with Minter Ellison hire

Simmons & Simmons is continuing to ramp up its mainland China practice with the appointment of Minter Ellison’s former managing partner to its Shanghai office. Australian John Cole joins the corporate team as a consultant. Cole’s experience runs to construction, M&A, insurance and general corporate matters, and clients include financial institutions, power producers and project […]

Gleiss Lutz extends reach across Europe with Hungarian contract

Herbert Smith best friend Gleiss Lutz has expanded its Central and Eastern European network in the wake of EU enlargement. The firm has signed an exclusive alliance with Hungarian firm Ban S Szabo & Partners. The tripartite Herbert Smith-Gleiss-Stibbe alliance put in place office-sharing arrangements last year. Gleiss now refers all Asian work to Herbert […]

No 5 tops 150 in growth surge

Birmingham mega-set No 5 Fountain Court has become the first set to reach 150-tenants with the hire of a five-strong personal injury team from local rival St Philips.The set is also poised to launch a Bristol office, its third site in the UK, after London and Birmingham.Graham Cliff, formerly head of the PI team at […]

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