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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.



DLA Piper slashes 22 staff in Middle East

DLA Piper has cut 9 per cent of its Middle East workforce in a second round of job cuts in the region. A total of 22 people, comprising one partner, eight fee-earners and 13 support staff, have been cut from across the firm’s offices in the region, with Dubai being hit with around a third […]


SRA names Herbies consultant as next chair

Herbert Smith consultant Charles Plant has been appointed as the next chair of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) board. Plant will begin his four-year term on 1 January 2010, when current chair Peter Williamson will stand down. Plant said: “I know that the SRA board, like other legal regulators, faces significant challenges in developing its […]

Wragges’ office move put on ice by developer

Wragge & Co is to have its move into new Birmingham headquarters delayed by a year because the ­developer has yet to fill the rest of the building. The firm signed terms last year to take approximately two-thirds of the 300,000sq ft building at Two Snowhill in what was the largest pre-let in the second […]


Canadian shield

Canada’s traditional cautiousness served it well when the crunch hit and its law firms are now taking advantage of their domestic clients’ newfound sense of adventure. As the global economy crashed last year Canada weathered the storm reasonably well. The demise of the US subprime market sparked the collapse of other global markets, with the US itself […]

Hammonds creates firm network to boost cross-selling of practices

Hammonds has set up a partner and associate forum in its London office designed to aid business development and the cross-selling of ­practices at the firm. Equity capital markets partner Andrew Watson and employment partner David Whincup are leading the earners forum, set up by London head Robert Weekes. Weekes said: “An area that we […]

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