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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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For some firms WFH policies were a tick-box thing. Not any more.

Within the space of five days from Monday 16 March, working from home (WFH) became the new normal for the vast majority of the population. Lives and habits changed instantly. You’ve probably already enjoyed at least one Zoom cocktail party, reacquainted yourself with your children and perhaps joined an online choir? From a legal market […]

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Humphries Kerstetter cuts charge-out rates for clients

In anticipation of the economic impact that coronavirus will have on clients, Humphries Kerstetter is making the bold move to cut its charge-out rates across the board. Partner rates, which previously ranged between £390 to £450 an hour, will be set at a standard £350 as of April 1 2020. While reductions will apply to […]

DWF in discussions with lenders over COVID-19 impact

DWF has braced its investors on the impact of the coronavirus on its business, highlighting that will seek additional contingency facilities from its lenders. The firm said this was needed to ensure it has “increased headroom for working capital purposes and a relaxation of certain covenants for a period of time.” It already has an […]

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