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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.



DWF staff costs rose 12 per cent in 2009-10, LLPs reveal

The increase in DWF’s staff costs in 2009-10 was disproportionate to the increase in the firm’s total headcount, LLP accounts filed with Companies House have revealed. The North West firm saw its wage bill increase by 12 per cent from £28.7m to £32m over the financial year. At the same time the average number of […]

Ogier names Cayman’s chief as head of Hong Kong

Offshore firm Ogier has appointed a new Hong Kong managing partner to replace the Duncan Smith, who will retire early next year. James Bergstrom, managing partner of Ogier’s Cayman Islands’ offices and head of the firm’s global investment funds team, will start his new post in January. Bergstrom joined Ogier when it merged with his […]

Eric Pickles

Village QC convinces court that Pickles’ housing move was unlawful

Mr Justice Sales has ruled that moves to scrap housing targets in England are unlawful, handing a High Court defeat to Treasury Devil James Eadie QC. Macfarlanes partner Ian Ginbey instructed 4-5 Gray’s Inn silk Peter Village QC to act for claimant Cala Homes (South) in its judicial review proceedings against the Government. Village argued […]

Sharon White

Stephenson Harwood’s revenue jumps 16 per cent

Stephenson Harwood has posted a 16.6 per cent revenue increase as it becomes the latest firm to report its half-year figures. The firm brought in a total of £49.6m in fee income for the six months to the end of October 2010, up from £42.6m during the same period in 2009-10. Chief executive Sharon White […]


Supreme Court ruling to see former MPs stand trial over expenses claims

The Supreme Court has ruled that three former Labour MPs must face a criminal trial over their expenses claims. Nine Supreme Court justices upheld a decision handed down by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge in July that rejected arguments that the case should be heard by parliament rather than open court. Steel & Shamash […]

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