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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 […]


Northern Ireland's first PFI scuppered

Nothern Ireland’s first PFI project to build a complete hospital has been scuppered by the NHS trust which initiated it. A consortium advised by Belfast firm Elliott Duffy Garrett expected the Down Lisburn NHS Trust to name its preferred bidder for a PFI scheme to build a new £13m Downe Hospital last week. Instead the […]

International lawyers' group to act against MDP threat

The 4,000-strong Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA) has come out strongly against the movement of accountants into legal practice, with one senior figure claiming the threat they posed to legal independence was “unacceptable”. Guus Braakman, the director of the UIA’s legal projects who chaired a special session on the threat of multidisciplinary practices (MDPs) at […]

The case for fairer sentencing

Roger Pearson looks at two recent appeals which have highlighted the need for more guidance on sentencing in contempt cases. Two recent Court of Appeal decisions serve as a signpost warning to courts throughout the country not to impose excessive sentences for contempt of orders in matrimonial cases, even if the contempt involves physical violence. […]

In brief: Get in at The Sharp End – for charity

There is still time to buy the original drawings for The Lawyer’s popular cartoon The Sharp End while at the same time helping a children’s charity. Fran Orford, the cartoon’s creator, is putting the originals up for sale, and donating the proceeds of the sale to charity. So far he has raised £200. For more […]

In brief: Dispute leads to writ for firm's dissolution

Manchester firm Slater Heelis has issued a High Court writ to dissolve its 225-year-old partnership in what is believed to be a bid to remove banking and insolvency partner Peter Hardman. Neither Hardman nor the partners at Slater Heelis would comment on the cause of the row, but Slater Heelis lawyers claimed that the firm, […]

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