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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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Euro disabled solicitors group established

Disabled UK lawyers are to set up a pan-European pressure group following foreign support for the Law Society’s Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (GSD). GSD member David Ruebain, a solicitor at David Levene & Co, said the new group would be called the European Group for Solicitors with Disabilities (EGSD). He added that it was […]

Seconds out for domestic violence

Roger Pearson reports on the importance of keeping within time limits when working on breaches of the Domestic Violence Act. A recent ruling by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf, highlights the need for swift action when arrests are made for breaches of court orders under the Domestic Violence and Matrimonial Proceedings Act. Lawyers […]

Libel ruling challenged

The Law Lords are considering moves by journalists Allan Piper and Clive Wolman, along with Associated Newspapers, to challenge an Appeal Court ruling striking out paragraphs of their defence to a libel claim in respect of a Mail on Sunday article. The question raised is one of great importance in journalistic circles, namely what can […]

A&O replies to Co-op's query on Galileo's bid

Allen & Overy senior partner Bill Tudor John has written to the Co-op in reply to queries over the firm’s role in the Regan takeover bid. Hambros, Regan’s financial advisers, and Travers Smith Braithwaite, Regan’s lawyers, have both publicly apologised to the Co-operative Wholesale Society (CWS) for their role in the bid, during the course […]

Stalker act is “privacy law”, says barrister

A law aimed at preventing stalkers tailing their victims is a privacy act in disguise which could used by celebrities, royalty and crooks, according to a Newcastle barrister and former Bar Council member. Neil Addison said the Protection From Harassment Act 1997, which is expected to come into force next month, will have a far […]

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