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4 tips for working from home with kids

While the world adjusted to working remotely during the pandemic, we all faced the obstacles of home setup, IT, and technology – but many of us also faced a new challenge of juggling working from home with parenting, as our children also had to adapt to homeschooling and an unexpectedly long summer holiday!

Track and trace: How to comply with the new regulations

The ‘track and trace’ programme is part of the government’s plan to slow the spread of Covid-19. It’s designed to make sure those who have been in close proximity with someone who has tested positive for the virus can be contacted and given advice to follow. Until recently, the government recommended hospitality businesses to collect certain customer information. From 17 September however, this became a legal requirement.

Romania plans to tighten its foreign investment screening rules

The screening of foreign direct investments (FDIs) has been a hot topic for some time now across CEE (as also covered here). Several jurisdictions have adopted stricter measures of scrutiny allowing for the vetting of transactions potentially posing security risks. In line with this trend, the Romanian Competition Council has put forward new draft legislation aimed at tightening the existing FDI screening rules. This draft is subject to public debate until 6 October.

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Eversheds debuts social media app to fight loneliness

Eversheds Sutherland has created an app that allows staff to interact on themes that go beyond their routine jobs, as it seeks to counteract the sense of loneliness sparked by the sustained remote working period caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The app, called Open House, was sponsored by the firm’s managing partner Keith Froud, and […]

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Linklaters suspends partner profits distribution for Q4

Linklaters has decided not to pay the next quarter’s distribution of profits to partners, which had been scheduled to take place in June. The decision reflects similar moves taken by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which this week confirmed it too would not be dishing out profits to partners for Q4. As well as this, Linklaters will […]

HSF to split out bonus payments for 2019/20 financial year

Herbert Smith Freehills is the latest City firm to reduce partner profit distributions, while maintaining it will still award bonuses in two separate payments over the next year. The firm confirmed today that all employees will remain on their current respective salaries, with this pay freeze set to be reviewed in six months. While some […]

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