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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.


SJ Berwin

SJ Berwin acted for Eurocity Properties on its listing on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. The company will place over one million shares to raise £580,000. Corporate partners Jonathan Metliss and Delphine Currie acted on the deal.

Criminal Silk joins Hardwicke Building

Upward, who specialises particularly in fraud cases, will lead the niche group of nearly 30 barristers, replacing former crime head, Zoe Smith who has been made a Circuit Judge on the South Eastern Circuit. Two other senior members of the crime group – Rory Field and Charles Briefel – have both gone on sabbatical: the […]

A View from Spain

Peter Cornell is European managing partner at Clifford Chance and is based in Madrid. Along with much of Europe at the moment, Spain is experiencing a surge in economic activity. While the legal market has been robust for the last few years, it has been particularly active for commercial firms in Madrid and Barcelona over […]

Scuffle of the week

Police sealed off the old court building in Santiago on Wednesday and traffic ground to a halt as clashes broke out in the Chilean capital between supporters and opposers of Augusto Pinochet when the hearing began to determine whether the former dictator would be stripped of his immunity to stand trial on human rights charges. […]

… as Jordan switches back to litigation to confront rising workload

Clifford Chance partner Nicholas Jordan is rejoining the firm’s litigation department after working in its commercial practice for 10 years. Jordan says the volume of high quality tax litigation work he has been doing has risen so much in recent years that he feels a departmental move is justified. He says: “If I am doing […]

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