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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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Quote of the week

“I just think that the whole thing is a complete waste of time.” – Gordon Pollock QC on the Woolf Reforms.

One amazing client

Vincent Denham says stringent quality assurance tests are needed to assess legal service delivery It is not yet certain whether posterity will smile upon Simmons & Simmons for having urged the survival of the Dome, but the firm’s insolvency team is certainly happy. Their role is now central to one of the biggest political rows […]

Cutting Silk

Gordon Pollock QC Essex Court Chambers’ stand-up man, Gordon Pollock QC, has come a long way since being turned down by Coudert Brothers 30 years ago. Bal Khela finds out what makes him tick It was a little like the man from Decca turning down the Beatles. When a young and green Gordon Pollock applied […]

Bristol barristers beat the Woolf from their door

With its successful insurance litgation practices and the popularity of the Mercantile Court, Bristol is one of the few regions where barristers are actually benefiting from the introduction of the Woolf Reforms. Bal Khela reports Unlike many other barristers, those currently practising in Bristol actually claim to have witnessed an increase in litigation as a […]

A&O sets up equity team for IPO work

Allen & Overy has responded to the boom in initial public offerings (IPOs) by setting up a dedicated equity capital markets group. The group, headed by Richard Cranfield, will comprise 10 partners, of whom two – Bart Capeci and Alex Cohen – are US-qualified, underlining Allen & Overy’s focus on dual listings on the New […]

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