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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 secures cost cap for Associated

Taylor Wessing has won a landmark victory for libel defendants by securing a costs-capping order for Associated Newspapers. Associated is defending the Evening Standard against a defamation claim brought by a nursing home owner, Alberta Matadeen, who was accused by the newspaper of ill-treating patients. The claimant’s costs were estimated at £558,000 and the defendant’s […]

Lib Dem MP in Stephens & Scown move

The Liberal Democrats’ shadow attorney-general John Burnett MP is to join South West firm Stephens & Scown following the forthcoming general election. Burnett was senior partner for Okehampton-based Burd Pearse prior to the 1997 election, when he was selected as the MP for Torridge & West Devon. During his tenure in Parliament, Burnett has held a wide […]

A sight for Warsaw eyes

Osborne Clarke is, understandably, delighted with its flash new London Wall digs, complete with outdoor barbie area and sweeping views over St Paul’s and towards… erm… Clifford Chance‘s old Aldersgate Street offices and over the glorious roofs and air-conditioning units of the Barbican. The splendid scene caused one Polish in-house waiter to remark: “It’s so […]

Separated at birth

Theatre-goers in the West End earlier this year will have been treated to the Olivier-winning performance of none other than Norton Rose chief operating officer Kevin Mortell. Mortell was starring in the hit musical The Producers, a show all about making money by putting on a show that flops. Modestly, Mortell adopted the stage name […]

A sight for Warsaw eyes

Osborne Clarke is, understandably, delighted with its flash new London Wall digs, complete with outdoor barbie area and sweeping views over St Paul’s and towards… erm… Clifford Chance‘s old Aldersgate Street offices and over the glorious roofs and air-conditioning units of the Barbican. The splendid scene caused one Polish in-house waiter to remark: “It’s so […]

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