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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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Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has launched an association with French independent Poulain & Associés to strengthen its French insolvency expertise. The firms linked up on 1 July, pooling their restructuring and private equity expertise. The association is to be run by Poulain partner Philippe Matignon and DWS partner Constantin Achillas. The move comes three months after Linklaters hired restructuring partners Aymar de […]

Floating on air

Last Wednesday (5 July), Grant Thornton partner Sacha Romanovitch warned UK lawyers that they needed to “wake up” to the potentially seismic changes heralded by the Legal Services Bill. Romanovitch was speaking at a breakfast briefing at the Savoy Hotel. It was a suitably opulent setting, because up to now much of the debate has […]

Kirkland raids hedge fund for UK private equity partner

Kirkland & Ellis has further ramped up its London private equity capability with the hire of the general counsel and managing director of US hedge fund Shumway Capital Partners. Sam Pakbaz rejoins Kirkland after six years away from the firm, returning to the Chicago-based firm’s London office as a partner last Thursday (13 July). He […]

Putting the world to rights

Tulkinghorn sends out his thanks to Lovells partner Peter Taylor for spotting last week’s deliberate mistake. A story about Clyde & Co‘s US expansion literally redrew the map of the world, with a little help from The Lawyer. Eagle-eyed Taylor wasted no time in pointing out the obviously deliberate error: “I refer to your article […]

Herbies, SJ Berwin act on hospital sale

Herbert Smith and SJ Berwin were rejoicing last week after acting on the £175m sale of the former Middlesex Hospital site. The three-acre site is one of the largest West End blocks ever sold and marks a landmark deal for both firms. For SJ Berwin there is likely to be more to come from the […]

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