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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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Taylor Wessing furloughs up to 20 employees

Taylor Wessing has put in place a series of measures to weather the Covid-19 health crisis and its financial fallout. The firm has decided to withhold distribution of profits to its partners, also choosing to sign onto the UK Government’s furlough scheme. It is understood that the firm is furloughing at least 20 people, both […]

Eversheds debuts social media app to fight loneliness

Eversheds Sutherland has created an app that allows staff to interact on themes that go beyond their routine jobs, as it seeks to counteract the sense of loneliness sparked by the sustained remote working period caused by the Covid-19 crisis. The app, called Open House, was sponsored by the firm’s managing partner Keith Froud, and […]

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There are now just two US super-heavyweights in London

One of the most eye-catching deals of recent weeks was the sale of the Ritz, which completed late last Friday despite the best efforts of the virus and featured Weil Gotshal advising the iconic hotel. It provided a reminder that while Covid-19 has understandably shunted 99 per cent of all other news off the agenda, […]

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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 […]

The options for retiring Slaughters partners

Life After Slaughters – wait, there is one? For those partners in Slaughter and May considering what light exists outside of Bunhill Row, then fear not. Those 30 years of hard graft can open doors in all sorts of areas, as history has shown. Ex-Slaughters partners have ended up at the regulators, with Charles Randall […]

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