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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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IP rights: Thomson Reuters

Carolyn Blankenship In 2008 news and data providers Thomson and Reuters merged in an £8.7bn deal that created the world’s biggest financial media group. The merger has brought up all the usual sorts of legal issues that emerge when two companies ­combine, but one area where Thomson Reuters has found itself devoting a significant amount […]

Molson Coors unveils six-firm roster for UK and Ireland advice

Herbert Smith has been named as major projects adviser for Molson Coors as the brewing giant unveils a six-firm UK and Ireland legal panel. The debut panel also includes DLA Piper, Nabarro, McGrigors and Squire Sanders Hammonds, with Beauchamps managing all legal issues in the Republic of Ireland. Legal director and company secretary Sue Albion […]

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IP rights: Dyson

Gill Smith It was a rare victory for a Western company in China. In January this year Dyson, advised by Wragge & Co ­partner Gordon Harris and China IP head Dr Jian Xu, won a high-profile design rights case against China-based manufacturer Yongkang Yixuan for the latter’s infringement of the design of Dyson’s ’Air Multiplier’ […]

Regulation: Universities Superannuation Scheme

Jeremy Hill Just two years ago the investment management arm of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) had no lawyers, so the hire of general counsel Jeremy Hill was prescient, as he came on board just in time to catch the wave of regulation hitting the industry. USS is one of the UK’s largest pension schemes, […]

Building blocks

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) suffered a major setback last week when the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) reduced the fines it had imposed on six construction companies that had taken part in a price-fixing racket. Lawyers say the decision will force the OFT to reassess how it calculates penalties against companies found to be […]

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