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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.


In brief: Hays DX

Hays DX UK commercial director Glyn Jones has left the legal postal service. Jones spoke to The Lawyer recently following a series of complaints that Hays was overcharging law firms. Hays DX refused to comment on Jones’ departure, except to say “it’s got nothing to do with the story”.

Bluebells hit royalty claim

Former Bananarama singer Siobhan Fahey is heading for a High Court showdown with a man who claims he co-wrote Young at Heart, a 1983 hit for The Bluebells which was also used in VW’s TV adverts. Robert Beckingham, also known as Bobby Valentino, is suing Fahey and writer, Robert Hodgens. He is seeking a High […]

Entertainments must get businesslike

The recent legal battle in which James Palumbo’s Ministry of Sound (MoS) companies sued one of its former key executives for breach of contract, is seen by top lawyers as highlighting the importance of equitable remedies in the fast moving and often informal environment of the entertainment industry. The recent case centred on Lynn Cosgrave, […]

In brief: Roger Venne

Roger Venne has been appointed the first head of the Civil Appeals Office. He will oversee the administration and management of the Court of Appeal (Civil Division). Venne will also perform certain judicial functions previously undertaken by the former Registry of Civil Appeals. Venne was previously deputy secretary of commissions at the Lord Chancellor’s Department.

Woolf at the courtroom door

Many lawyers may well find themselves agreeing with TS Eliot this year when he said that April was the cruellest month. On 26 April, Lord Woolf’s civil justice reforms take effect, and there is a strong potential that ancillary professional negligence claims against lawyers will skyrocket.Lord Woolf’s intention is to eliminate “the twin evils of […]

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