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As noted in our recent article ‘Private Lives and Public Interest’, the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands (the “Grand Court”) is often asked to give directions as to the protection of confidential information in the context of ongoing litigation. Most frequently, these requests are made in reliance on section 4 of the Confidential Information […]

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By Richard Naish, Ben Sheppard The future of businesses in food and drink manufacturing and its supply chain will be affected by consultations launched by Government on 18 February. The consultations, which are aimed primarily at packaging waste, close on 13 May 2019. The consultation on reforming the UK packaging producer responsibility systemconsiders a range of options to […]

Stronger pensions regulator: The government’s response

By Jo Ratcliffe, Ruth Bamforth, Craig Looker The Government made clear, in its March 2018 Pensions White Paper, it is committed to ensuring  the Pensions Regulator (Regulator) has the right powers to be able to protect effectively defined benefit pension schemes. On 11 February 2019 the Government published its response to its June 2018 consultation on strengthening the […]

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