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Pubs, bars and restaurants using apps – managing Covid-19 restrictions

Covid-19 restrictions on the leisure, food & drink sector were relaxed in England on the 4 July, with other nations in the UK on differing timetables, and businesses are turning to app-based solutions to aida transition back to some form of normality. This briefing covers considerations for procuring and deploying mobile apps to manage Covid-19 restrictions.

Government announces £80m investment to cut emissions from homes and industry

As part of its decarbonisation agenda the Government has announced that it will invest nearly £80 million towards reducing carbon emissions across homes and energy intensive businesses. The announcement forms part of wider efforts to ensure the UK meets its legally binding target to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

Angola: Mergers & Acquisitions 2020

Susana Almeida Brandão (Managing Associate) and Vanusa Gomes (Managing Associate of ASP Advogados – VdA Legal Partners member in Angola) write a chapter for ICLG Mergers & Acquisitons 2020, an international guide that compares legislation from around the world. The lawyers write the Angola chapter where they explain and develop the country’s mergers and acquisitions […]

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Pinsent Masons furloughs staff amid coronavirus shutdown

Pinsent Masons is placing some of its non-fee-earners on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic, while it also considers a change to its quarterly cycle of partner payouts. These are just two of the latest measures put in place by the firm. Senior figures are now undertaking a programme of scenario planning to consider what […]

Simmons is latest firm to delay partner distributions

Simmons & Simmons is to delay partner distributions, echoing similar measures taken across the legal industry to reduce the impact of the fallout of the Covid-19 emergency. On top of the distribution delay, the firm said every decision about pay and bonuses will be deferred until later in the year. A spokesperson for the firm […]

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No delay granted in Bird & Bird Heineken trial after lawyer contracts Covid-19 symptoms

Anheuser-Busch InBev’s bid to delay a trial against Heineken has fallen flat, despite its lawyers at Bird & Bird arguing they were hindered when one of their team fell ill with coronavirus-related symptoms. Acting for AB InBev during a patent dispute linked to a so-called ‘bag-in-a-bottle’, Bird & Bird partner Morag Macdonald highlighted the recent […]

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Gowling WLG ushers in flexible “menu” of working arrangements

Partners at Gowling WLG may not receive their share of partner distributions to keep the firm steady during the coronavirus pandemic. Partner distributions for Gowling’s UK LLP have been deferred and it has made no commitment to pay them. In order to safeguard the firm during the crisis, the firm is also keeping drawings under […]

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Burges Salmon furloughs 42 employees and redeploys others

Burges Salmon has furloughed more than 40 members of staff and redeployed a number of employees into business support functions in a bid to skirt redundancies. The firm is furloughing 42 people across roles that can only be carried out within its premises. They include legal support, front of house and a proportion of its […]

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