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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.


Girling: 'Firms should sell shares'

Law Society president Tony Girling and senior Chancery Lane staff have called for measures to allow law firms to raise cash by selling shares on the stock market in a bid to compete with accountancy firms. Girling promoted the idea at the American Bar Association’s Orlando conference. But many of the international Bar leaders reacted […]

Bacfi puts partnerships at top of its agenda

EMPLOYED barristers are to discuss calls for barristers to be allowed to enter in to partnerships with solicitors and accountants at a meeting to test opinion in the sector on a range of contentious issues. The Bar Association for Commerce, Finance and Industry (Bacfi) has taken the unusual step of inviting its members to an […]

Court bans children over security fear

A clerk at Oldham Magistrates’ Court has banned children from the court’s buildings because of worries about security. In a move believed to be the first of its kind, the clerk to the court introduced a ban on children in the courtrooms and concourse last week. The clerk and chief executive, Kathleen Johnson, said that […]

In brief: LawNet and Sifa co-operation move

National law firm network LawNet has completed a mutual co-operation agreement with Solicitors for Independent Financial Advice. Under the agreement, the two organisations will work together to develop new projects and promote the development offinancial services. Sifa, the law firm financial services network, will give free training to members of LawNet.

Defamation. Caution is the name of the libel game

The judiciary remains hostile to an extension of the law of privilege to embrace a New York Times v Sullivan-style public figure defence. It believes that such a far-reaching change requires legislation. Sir Michael Davies, in striking out a public figure plea in Bennett Ors v Guardian Newspapers (1995), said that US culture was different […]

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