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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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Banker goes back to Maclay Murray

Maclay Murray & Spens, the top Scottish firm, has lured Alastair Wyper back from Edinburgh merchant bank Quayle Munro. Wyper was a senior assistant at Maclay Murray when he left the firm two years ago for a career in banking at Quayle Munro. He worked on corporate financings including acquisitions and disposals, management buyouts and […]

Dot coms net lawyers in search of a challenge

First they got firms to work with them without paying cash. Instead they offered the promise of profits tomorrow, tempting the firms with share options. Now its seems the so-called dot coms are taking the law firms’ rising IT stars, not only to take them through to their IPO, but beyond. In short, they are […]

Herbert Smith reorganises

The review has been commissioned by incoming senior partner Richard Bond, who is chairing a six-strong committee. Representatives from all the firm’s practice areas – property, corporate and litigation – comprise the committee, plus Paris managing partner Neil Brimson and Hong Kong managing partner David Willis. The firm has commissioned Harvard Business School professor Jack […]

CC advert receives German complaints

A Clifford Chance Punder advert has ruffled feathers in Germany amid claims that it breaches advertising regulations. The ad was placed in national newspapers and magazines across Germany for the first two weeks of January to celebrate the merger of Clifford Chance with Punders and US firm Rogers & Wells. But German law firms have […]

Witness payments to be reviewed

The Lord Chancellor has set up a working party to review contempt laws regarding payments to witnesses in criminal proceedings and the publication of information before criminal trials. Officials from the LCD, Home Office, Law Officers Department and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport are charged with producing a report on the issue by […]

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