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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.


the personnelity

Some years ago, when I was working at a firm that shall remain nameless, we were each sent a pack of benefits brochures. In the folder (a dull grey one) was a letter from our human resources department telling us that because the firm cared about our health it had negotiated special discounts with, among […]

US firms in London set to launch joint initiative on pro bono work

US firms in London are planning to team up for a raft of joint initiatives – starting off with a link-up in pro bono work. A group of managing partners from US firms are meeting regularly to discuss potential ventures where they can work alongside each other. The first concrete example is a US pro […]

A view from the north west

The success of Manchester lawyers in the private equity market has been well documented, not least in this publication. Towards the end of 1999 and throughout 2000, the region has pulled in its most significant deals to date. These include the purchase and sale of HSBC’s stake in CRP Group to Barclays Private Group, the […]

ING hacks in-house team

ING Barings is radically restructuring its legal department and making a raft of redundancies, including laying off the global head of legal and compliance. As part of a group-wide reorganisation, Ian Kellow, who is also managing director and general counsel, will be out of a job from April. As many as eight other roles in […]

Playing it down

Despite the robust economy, litigators in the North West are enjoying a steady workflow, with most departments reporting an increase in turnover. Commercial litigators are enjoying a large amount of flotation work, while the insurance litigation market – despite Woolf and the seemingly endless panel reviews – is providing a healthy flow for specialists in […]

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