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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.


book of the week

The Legal 500. Solicitors and barristers will be indulging in a frantic scramble to see if they have been included in the latest edition of The Legal 500. Exercising commendable restraint, its authors appear to have kept its size down to manageable levels this year.

It has been a good week for…

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, who has conveniently found pressing legal reasons to go on a fact finding mission to, wait for it, New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong. Wrinkly magistrates. Lord Irvine has welcomed the fact that 10 per cent of the magistrates appointed last year were over 55. The barrister members of the […]

Professor David Lowry

David Lowry’s lawyer Gudrun Parasie has asked us to point out that his case against the legality of the Portuguese criminal code will be heard in the European Court of Human Rights not the European Court of Justice as we reported last week.


A Legal Aid Board that's too eager to please

Elizabeth Davidson argues that the England and Wales LAB would do well to follow the example of its outspoken Scots counterpart. IT WAS so obvious it hardly needed saying. But the Scottish Legal Aid Board (Slab) certainly did raise a few eyebrows when it proclaimed a few weeks ago that withdrawing legal aid from personal […]

Salans beats rivals to Paris IT boutique

International firm Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn has beaten French and UK rivals in the race to sign up respected 13-lawyer Paris-based IT boutique, FG Associes. FG’s three partners – Christiane Feral-Schuhl, Marc d’Haultfoeuille and Bruno Gregoire Sainte Marie – will head a new IT, Internet and multimedia practice at Salans and add to the firm’s […]

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