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By Richard Naish The food and drink industry has always been a hot-bed of innovation and 2019 is proving to be no different. Two areas which are currently evolving very quickly are the search for plastic-free packaging and the growing trend to eat less meat. The answer to both could lie with plant-based alternatives. Plant-Based […]

New Regulation on the rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft: Part A – Its relationship with national laws

By Marilia Frias, Tiago Sergio Cabral National Laws and Implementing Regulation 2019/947/EU Recently new rules and procedures for the operation of unmanned aircraft were approved by the Commission Implementing Regulation 2019/947/EU of 24 May 2019 (hereinafter “Drone Regulation”). The original legal basis for the Drone Regulation is Regulation 2018/1139/EU of the European Parliament and of […]

The Angolan privatizations program

The much expected 2019-2020 Privatization Program was enacted by way of the Presidential Decree 250/19, of 5 August 2019 (the “PROPRIV”), setting out the privatization objectives, companies and assets to be privatized, timeframe and procedures. Objectives Consistently with the 2018-2022 National Development Program, the PROPRIV seeks to reduce the influence of Stateowned companies in the […]

The practical application of blockchain in procurement

By Iain Steel Any conversation about blockchain usually starts and ends with someone muttering vaguely about bitcoin and then moving swiftly away. However, behind the boom and bust headlines of cryptocurrency, the underlying blockchain technology is increasingly seen as a potential market disruptor in the world of procurement and supply chain. So, what is a blockchain? […]

Clarification on post-termination restrictive covenants

By Stuart McBride In an important and helpful judgment, the Supreme Court has provided guidance, for the first time in 100 years, on the controversial question of whether unenforceable wording can be removed from a restrictive covenant, allowing the rest of the restriction to remain valid and enforceable. The issues at stake Post termination restrictions […]

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Is there a lawyer in the house?

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DoE awards Dibbs PFI contracts

Dibb Lupton Alsop is masterminding PFI projects for the Department of Education (DoE) in Northern Ireland. The firm has advised the DoE on a PFI-funded school in Dungannon, plus the provision of accommodation and services at a college in Londonderry. Four other PFI projects in the province are in the pipeline, all of which will […]

A&O and KPMG argue over taxman

Confusion surrounds Allen & Overy’s claim that it is poaching two senior tax specialists from Linklaters and big five accountants KPMG. The law firm says accountancy partner and VAT specialist Peter Mendham is joining its practice at the beginning of next year, and senior tax associate Stephen Taylor is joining from Linklaters in November. But […]

Lincoln's Inn faces employment protest

Lincoln’s Inn is facing embarrassment as builders working on a multi-million pound chambers refurbishment threaten action over alleged breaches of employment legislation. Nearly 50 builders working on refits at four, five and six New Square Chambers claim they have not received their holiday entitlement. And they are threatening to chain themselves to railings at Lincoln’s […]

Singaporean firms merge for invasion

Two Singapore firms have merged to form the nation’s second-largest law practice in an attempt to compete with the threat posed by competition from overseas firms. Lawyers from other countries are due to be given the go-ahead to practice Singapore law for financial transactions by linking with local firms. The country’s legal services review committee, […]

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