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FCA test case ruling – welcome news for businesses

The High Court has handed down the long-awaited judgment in the coronavirus business interruption insurance test case brought by the FCA. Whilst the judgment may be appealed by the insurers, it is a very positive outcome for most businesses.

Can SECR fill the void where ESOS failed?

Whilst Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) could be seen at first glance as a watered down ESOS without the site audits, it has the ability to deliver a wide range of energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures for organisations for years to come in a way that ESOS alone will never achieve.

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DWF partners braced for five-year lock-in after IPO

DWF equity partners are facing a capital lock-in period of five years should the firm float on the London Stock Exchange, the firm’s registration document has revealed. The clause states that partners would be “subject to a phased lock up” which expires upon the announcement of the group’s financial results in April 2024. When asked […]

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DWF targets Freshfields again in bid to expand legal tech

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s senior manager of legal technology operations Jamie Whalebone is to join DWF to boost the firm’s growing managed services unit, marking the second hire from the magic circle firm in a matter of months. As part of his new role as head of legal service delivery and transformation, from next month Whalebone will co-lead […]

moves, lateral hires and exits

Further DWF defections as real estate finance duo leave firm

Partners continue to trickle out of DWF ahead of its proposed £1bn IPO, with the latest two leavers being snapped up by Fieldfisher. Iain Thomas and Christian Francis are to join Fieldfisher’s real estate finance practice. Thomas led the real estate practice at DWF, where he has been since 2014. He was previously a partner at […]

Landmark ruling upheld as DWF loses data breach appeal for Morrisons

DWF has lost its appeal for Morrisons in the High Court today, as it was ruled that the supermarket is legally responsible for an enormous data breach affecting over 100,00 employees. Three senior judges, including the Master of the Rolls, upheld the original decision against the supermarket, issued in December 2017. In what was the UK’s first data protection class […]

DWF growth plans accelerate with new US association

DWF has gained a firm foothold in the US after announcing an association with Los Angeles-headquartered Wood Smith Henning & Berman (WSHB), giving it access to 22 locations in the world’s largest legal market. The deal marks another huge step for DWF and is the first major announcement the firm has made since the news […]

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