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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.



Halliwells first to reveal 09 financials as revenues dip

Halliwells has revealed revenues of £83m in turnover for the 2008-09 financial year, a drop of 4.6 per cent on last year’s total of £87m. Managing partner Ian Austin cited strong performance in the contentious side of its business, which grew from around £30.5m last year to £34m this year. He also claimed the firm […]

Partner promotions down across the UK top 30

A fuller picture is emerging of the next generation of partners at UK firms, with data compiled by The Lawyer showing an overwhelming trend at the top 30 UK firms of shrinking its promotion numbers this year. Eighty per cent of the top 30 UK firms have now announced new partners, with 19 out of […]

SRA offers paltry trainee pay rise

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced a modest increase in the minimum salary for trainee solicitors. The new minimum wage for trainees working in ­London will be set at £18,590 from August. This represents an increase of just 0.9 per cent from the current £18,420. However, the recommended salary for trainees in the capital […]

Ex-Addleshaws partner creates Leeds-based IP boutique

The former national head of IP at Addleshaw Goddard has joined forces with niche IP firm Robinsons to create a new IP boutique called Kempner Robinson. The Leeds-based firm will cover the “whole IP lifespan”, according to name partner Richard Kempner, offering clients including Asda, BASF, Ebuyer,, HBOS and Premier Foods cheaper headline rates than at […]

The Transatlantic Elite 2009: Talent spotting

The current financial and geopolitical climate is having a prodigious effect on law firms – leaving their very future in the balance. Scared? Don’t be. Firms should view this recession and the governmental intervention as an opportunity to reposition themselves for the future. Those that fail to adapt to the new financial order will be […]

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