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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.


Merger mania

Synergies of scale: the numbers behind the Irwin Mitchell-Thomas Eggar talks

It is understood that Irwin Mitchell is set to merge with Thomas Eggar in a move that could create a £252m firm with 273 partners – but while both firms share a personal injury (PI) heritage, the synergies are not immediately obvious. Last year Thomas Eggar’s PI practice brought in around £4m, equating to 9.7 […]

Gareth Brahams

Hot 100 alumni: Gareth Brahams, BDBF

It was a search for autonomy that led Brahams Dutt Badrick French (BDBF) managing partner Gareth Brahams to leave a large employment team at Lewis Silkin and launch an employment practice at litigation boutique Stewarts Law.


White & Case to close its Munich office

White & Case is set to close its Munich office, with its 11-lawyer team being given the option to relocate to Frankfurt. The firm’s Munich office is currently home to partners Markus Langen and Tobias Freiherr von Tucher, with Langen also acting from White & Case’s Frankfurt base.  It is understood the office is closing […]

lending money

Olswang seeks to incentivise staff with client referral bonuses

Olswang has introduced an incentive scheme that rewards staff who bring in new business. The Revenue Share Scheme is open to all employees at the firm, from partners through to business services staff. If an employee introduces a new client who subsequently spends more than £20,000 in the first year instructing the firm, they will receive […]

Tom O’Neill index

Moves: 9 November

Move of the week  Herbert Smith Freehills has recruited US securities lawyer Tom O’Neill to join its capital markets practice as a partner. O’Neill will head its US securities practice having previously been a corporate partner at King & Spalding. His practice focuses on corporate finance and securities offerings, including the representation of underwriters, issuers, […]

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