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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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Survey reveals threat to IP rights

Investors in IT, telecoms and life sciences companies risk throwing money away because they do not monitor the protection of their intellectual property (IP) rights, research has found. A survey of over 100 companies, conducted by the London Business School and sponsored by City firm Taylor Joynson Garrett, revealed that half the investors in these […]

It has been a bad week for…

Exeter solicitor Nigel Chubb and his firm Richards Chubb who are being sued for £1.5m in damages in the High Court. Chubb is accused of negligence in the handling of the purchase of a helicopter hangar, a coach house and a barn for their subsequent conversion into holiday flats. His ex-client, a property development company, […]

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Bancassurance under supervision

With the merging of the banking and insurance concerns, regulators will have their hands full, warns Graham Wedlake. Graham Wedlake is head of banking at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. In recent years there has been an increasing overlap of the activities of banks and insurers. Bancassurance, as it has become known, has become the holy […]

Cutting corners on criminal defence

In the first part of our special report on public defenders, Chris Fogarty looks at the Government’s plans and questions how the Bar Council can fight the proposals. The Government took one of its bigger political gambles when it signalled the arrival of public defenders in England and Wales in the Queen’s Speech last week. […]

SIF newsletter will save money

Hugh Williams (The Lawyer, 24 November) asks how the cost of publishing the Solicitors Indemnity Fund’s quarterly newsletter can be justified. In response, I have no difficulty in approving expenditure that enables the profession’s own indemnity scheme to keep in touch with those it serves. SIF in Focus achieves a number of aims. First, it […]

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