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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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Bigger is better for Ashurst

How to manage a law firm? It’s a tricky business. All those high performers can be high maintenance and associates nowadays really want all sorts of newfangled bonuses, career paths and the like. Ashurst is actually one of the better-managed firms in the City, but even it has problems settling on the best way forward. […]

BLG, Farrers victory deals hammerblow to AIDB

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) and Farrer & Co have brought the effectiveness of an independent disciplinary body for accountants into question after successfully defending against its first attempted prosecution. The firms are awaiting a determination on costs, which if successful would be a landmark achievement and jeopardise the future of the tribunal established to […]

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Bircham Dyson Bell has hired Rod Meade as finance director. Meade joined the firm last November from Allen & Overy, where he was business operations manager for the global tax and US law group. US gaming operator Nevada Gold & Casinos has appointed Ernest East as its general counsel, chief compliance officer and senior vice-president. […]

Norton Rose snares BLG reinsurance maestro

Norton Rose has dealt a blow to Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) by poaching highly rated reinsurance partner Michael Mendelowitz. Mendelowitz said the future for reinsurance no longer lies in traditional indemnity, such as shipping, which makes up a large proportion of BLG’s instructions, but new innovations, such as alternative risk transfer. “The dynamics are […]

Top Trials: The big decisions…

The must-read for litigators: last year saw a number of important decisions handed down in the UK’s courts and 2007 looks set to be just as busy

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