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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.


Herbies finalises RBS’s Cygnet deal

Herbert Smith has closed its first leveraged financing for Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) after winning a coveted place on the £100m-plus deals panel last November. The firm advised RBS on a successful funding package for Cygnet Healthcare, a provider of psychiatric treatment and care centres in the UK. The size of the deal has not been […]

Gibson Dunn’s Brussels office in double boost

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has expanded its small Brussels presence by taking on Howrey Simon Arnold & White partner David Wood and Crowell & Moring partner James Ashe-Taylor. The firm opened in Brussels a year ago when Squire Sanders & Dempsey partner Peter Alexiadis defected with a small team. Ashe-Taylor will split his time between […]

Sidley’s Linklaters capture pays off with MBNA work

Sidley Austin Brown & Wood’s hire of Linklaters structured finance star Richard Hughes has already paid dividends, with the firm winning the mandate to advise on MBNA’s latest note issue. The US firm scored the role advising Barclays Capital (BarCap) on MBNA’s issue of £250m in notes under the delinked CARDS trust. It is MBNA’s first notes […]


Speak up or go down

Gavin McCartan is the first solicitor to be jailed by the proceeds of crime legislation. It’s easy to see why the profession might be getting paranoid. Jon Robins reports As solicitors contemplated the mayhem being wreaked by the anti-money laundering regulations at the recent Law Society conference in Birmingham, a Belfast solicitor spent his first […]

Diversity boost to judicial appointments

More women and people from ethnic minorities were appointed to the judiciary last year, a report released last week (Friday, 29 October) reveals. The findings are published in the Judicial Appointments Annual Report produced by the Department of Constitutional Affairs (DCA). The percentage of individuals from ethnic minority groups appointed increased to 14.8 per cent […]

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