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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.

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Balfour Beatty hires new general counsel from Tesco

UK Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty is to bring in a new general counsel from Tesco ahead of the impending retirement of current head David Mercer. Tesco’s legal director of finance, corporate and technology Jonathan Lagan will take on the position, after nearly a decade at the supermarket. He was formerly a senior associate in Shearman […]

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Balfour Beatty GC resurfaces as Whitbread legal chief

Former Balfour Beatty general counsel and chief corporate officer Chris Vaughan has landed a role at Whitbread as company secretary and general counsel. Vaughan takes over from Simon Barratt, who has stepped down from the position after 18 years. Barratt will continue to work on a part time basis at Whitbread as Chairman of Costa’s […]

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Balfour Beatty GC: Outside track

Taking a radical approach to outsourcing helped Chris Vaughan, GC at infrastructure giant Balfour Beatty, build a legal function fit for a complicated world When Balfour Beatty general counsel Chris Vaughan arrived at the company five years ago, inheriting a diverse group of external firms totalling around 200 globally, he did the usual things. There […]

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Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters advise Balfour Beatty on $1.24bn buyout of its US division

Morrison & Foerster and Linklaters have advised on the sale of Balfour Beatty’s US professional services division Parsons Brinckerhoff to WSP Global for $1.24bn. Balfour Beatty was advised by Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) in the US and Linklaters in the UK. MoFo M&A partner Mark Wojciechowski led the negotiations together with corporate partner Tom Knox; tax […]

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Ex-Superdry GC lands new role at betting giant William Hill

The former general counsel of retailer Superdry had landed a new role at betting company William Hill. Simon Callander, who had been at Superdry for just over two years and departed the company in early 2020, started at William Hill on the 16 March. Upon his departure from Superdry, Ruth Daniels joined the retailer as […]

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