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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.


Challinors adds bodies to aid expansion

Midlands firm Challinors has appointed a new management team as it bids to expand its footprint in the region. Helen Jarvis has joined the senior management team as HR director, while Jonathan Gamble has been appointed finance director. Both are former employees of regional rival Fraser Brown. Challinors chief executive Andy Hodges said: “The firm’s […]

Federal reserve leaves Wachovia deal in stasis

It was literally a last-minute intervention. At 11.59am on Wednesday 8 October, the Federal Reserve extended its standstill on Citigroup’s lawsuit over Wells Fargo’s bid for US bank Wachovia. Wachovia’s lawyers at Boies Schiller & Flexner, Citigroup’s litigators at Gregory P Joseph Law Offices and Wells Fargo’s lawyers at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz were […]

A&O revisits HSBC tower sale with debt refinancing brief

Allen & Overy (A&O) has scored the lead role on a deal to refinance the debt from the sale of the UK’s most expensive building, the HSBC Skyscraper at Canary Wharf. The ;mandate ;came through after Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was conflicted out of the deal. HSBC called on Freshfields in May last year when it […]

Four Bircham Dyson Bell lawyers face axe

Bircham Dyson Bell lawyers face axe” />Bircham Dyson Bell has made three lawyers redundant, while another is in redundancy talks. Two real estate lawyers and one corporate lawyer have lost their jobs, while a third real estate lawyer is currently in a redundancy consultation. A firm spokesperson said: “We are exposed to the downturn in […]


Shearman sends NYC partner to head Europe

Shearman & Sterling has named New York M&A partner Creighton Condon as its European managing partner. Condon is one of Shearman’s most senior lawyers. Shearman hopes his move will boost the firm’s corporate practice across Europe. Shearman UK managing partner Anthony Ward said: “The European managing partner role is more one of facilitating greater integration […]

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