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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.


Its been a good week for

Privacy. Sir Elton John and his lawyers Eversheds, won a landmark ruling from the Press Complaints Commission, agreeing that his privacy was invaded when newspapers published long-lens photographs of Posh Spice and David Beckham at Elton’s home. The ruling opens the floodgates to complaints lodged on behalf of visitors by their hosts. Censorship. The US […]

Legal image suffers at expense of self-interest

The Lawyer will no doubt be accused of lawyer-bashing yet again this week because of the damning report on the lack of pro bono work carried out by the profession (pages 12-14). No one wants to confront the truth, but the facts speak for themselves. The Lawyer’s survey of the profession’s commitment to working on […]

Stephensons lands Madrid property star

CITY FIRM Stephenson Harwood has taken on a commercial property specialist in Madrid as part of its plan to double the size of the operation within two years.Spanish lawyer Javier Ibanez comes from Ernst & Young and has particular expertise in issues relating to shopping centres.Managing partner at the Madrid office Kenneth Bonavia says Ibanez […]

White & Case hires Bakers partner

White & Case has recruited a Baker & McKenzie partner and an associate to its Hungarian practice, Reczicza Law Firm White & Case.Zsuzanna Kovacs is described as a senior Hungarian lawyer by Rob Irving, joint head of the White & Case Budapest office.Kovacs was a local partner at Baker & McKenzie and joins Reczicza as […]


The Halifax is one of the boldest and most diverse financial services businesses, with 20 million customers and assets of u145bn. It is Britain’s largest mortgage lender and, once it takes over Birmingham Midshires Building Society next month, it will be bigger still. Growth has accelerated after a succession of dramatic changes such as the […]

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