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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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Reed Smith builds in competition with Ashurst recruit

Reed Smith is boosting its London corporate practice with a partner hire from Ashurst, its first City lateral in several months. The US firm has taken on partner Ross Mackenzie, until now a longtime antitrust partner at the UK rival. The competition law specialist has been at Ashurst for 20 years. Since the early 2000s, […]

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Over three-quarters of Gowling WLG move to reduced working hours

Over three-quarters of Gowling WLG’s workforce are to temporarily reduce their working hours until October, after the firm decided to set up new arrangements earlier month. The firm said 80 per cent of people are temporarily reducing hours, with subsequent cuts in pay of up to 20 per cent. This was part of the flexible […]

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Clifford Chance extends associate career break initiative to US

Clifford Chance is looking to expand a scheme that offers two months of unpaid leave to associates, after a trial run was completed in the 2019/20 financial year. The scheme, named Clifford Chance Choice, was launched in March 2019 as a catalyst for new initiatives and projects aimed at adapting traditional work structures to accomodate […]

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