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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.


Wrestlers win round three of WWF battle

The wrestlers have beaten the environmentalists in the latest round of the fight over the initials WWF. The World Wildlife Fund had been seeking damages against the World Wrestling Federation for breaching a 1994 agreement over the rights to the WWF name. But the Court of Appeal ruled that the World Wildlife Fund had “abused […]

Cripps lands Barclays development expert

Tunbridge Wells-based Cripps Harries Hall has hired former Barclays director of professional practices William Arthur as a non-executive director. Arthur’s brief at Cripps will include implementing new structures to attract and retain staff, as well as overseeing the development of the firm’s future leaders. Jonathan Denny, managing partner at Cripps, said: “William’s appointment as a […]

High Court demands £100m in miners’ fees to be repaid

Law firms that profited from handling compensation claims of sick miners may have to pay back tens of millions of pounds to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) following a High Court ruling. The news comes just weeks after The Lawyer revealed that the British Coal compensation saga has seen lawyers scoop more than […]

Freshfields restructuring derails promotions process

The £40m restructuring undertaken by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has thrown its its partnership promotion programme into chaos. The magic circle firm made two more surprise promotions to the partnership today, making up a couple of London-based finance associates, in addition to the 22 promotions the firm announced just two weeks ago. It is understood there […]

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