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Greenwashing: Don’t get caught out – ThinkHouse

Environmental and sustainability claims have been high on the agenda for many businesses for some time now, and with the Competition and Markets Authority’s recent introduction of its Green Claims Code, it’s even more important that businesses get it right and avoid exaggerating their environmental credentials.

Snapshot: Supreme Court holds no attribution where director’s “secret” profits in issue

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has recently delivered helpful guidance on the principles to be applied when dealing with attribution of knowledge between a company and its wrongdoing directors; particularly in the context of breaches of duty by directors in exploiting corporate opportunities belonging to the company to receive secret profits.

Continued rise of energy performance of buildings requirements

In July 2021, the European Union (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2021 (the 2021 Regulations) were published, followed swiftly by government guidance on how to apply the 2021 Regulations (the Technical Guidance). The publication of the 2021 Regulations and accompanying Technical Guidance underscores the continued focus on improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings performance (other than dwellings) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by boosting renovation obligations.

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Firms pitching for places on the UK Government’s legal panels are weighing up their options around charge-out fees, amid concerns over how much they may be expected to discount. With a late June deadline looming large for firms wishing to apply to the general legal advice and finance and complex legal services panels, sources told The […]

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Volvo’s ex-disputes head joins US class action firm

The former head of litigation for Volvo’s European branch is joining a newly-formed US firm in London to lead its emissions group action against Mercedes. Hagens Berman UK has hired Kelda Groves as a partner to its City office, who will be teaming up with co-managing directors Steve Berman and Michael Gallagher. The firm is […]

Take part: The Smith & Williamson Law Firm Survey 2021

The Smith & Williamson law firm survey is back for its 27th year. For decades the survey has determined what factors are having a big impact on the legal profession. This has allowed analysis to look at year-on-year trends around confidence, financial management and strategy. Last year we discovered that: Despite the pandemic, 69 per […]

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Kirkland postpones global reopening date

Kirkland & Ellis has pushed back its global reopening date by two months, The Lawyer understands, amid continued uncertainty over the evolution of the virus worldwide. The US firm has have moved the date from this month to November, as breakthrough infections from the virus have been rising and variants such as Delta continue to sweep across […]

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