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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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Three of South Africa’s largest law firms have joined forces to form one of the top five legal services outfits in the country, with a partner count of more than 60. Finance heavyweight Bowman Gilfillan Haymen Godfrey is joining forces with IP specialists John & Kernick, and shipping, insurance and energy experts Findlay & Tait, […]

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Steel and Morris:Every lawyer's nightmare

Helen Steel and Dave Morris When London Greenpeace activists Helen Steel and Dave Morris were accused of libelling restaurant chain McDonald’s, no one dreamt it would lead to the longest trial in English legal history. Shaun Pye meets the McLibel defence as the duo prepare to enter the Court of Appeal. Observing a recent directions […]

Retailer banking:the (success) story so far…..

There is hardly any area of consumer life that has not had the big brand treatment from major retailers and service companies. Lawyers only need to glance sideways to see Tesco selling cars and computers, American Express buying up accountancy firms in the US and Virgin selling just about everything. It is what the telecommunications […]

Gleiss Lutz senior partners block merger with Stibble

A small minority of senior partners at Stuttgart-based Gleiss Lutz Hootz Hirsch has blocked the firm’s proposed merger with leading continental firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot. The climbdown is partly due to the different approach to risk-taking adopted by senior partners in German firms to that of partners in other European jurisdictions such as the […]

It has been a good week for:

Richard Pearce, head of services to the profession at the Law Society, who was acquitted of stalking a female commuter on a train. Pearce admitted that he had misread the signals from the middle-aged secretary. He thought he was getting the come-on, while she thought he was doing “disgusting things” under the newspaper on his […]

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