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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.



Essex Court chambers Grief entered the clerking fraternity aged 17 as a result of his father’s friendship with silk Pete Goodfellow QC, at the chambers now known as 4-5 Gray’s Inn Square. Within six months, he had been elevated to the position of first junior (basically the deputy to the senior clerk), a leap that […]

Perrin's View

This is my last regular column for The Lawyer. I have enjoyed pulling people’s tails over the course of the last year and have relished the email traffic which has been generated. Thank you, as they say, for having me. Of the multitude of tasks that fall to a managing partner’s lot, one of the […]

Allen Allen & Hemsley loses top Singapore partner to Freshfields

Australian firm Allen Allen & Hemsley’s Singapore office is losing a leading securities partner to Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The departure of office head David Simpson leaves the operation with only one remaining partner in Steve Clifford. Simpson has been with the firm since 1985, making partnership in 1994. He specialises in corporate and securities work, […]


Fountain Court Chambers Watson is another to follow the traditional route from trolley pusher in 1974 to senior clerk today, but has stayed put at Fountain Court for the duration of his career. The team now totals nine clerks, but the set recently saw the departure of chambers director Ric Martin after three years in […]

KLegal completes first set of corporate technology deals

KLEGAL, the legal affiliate of KPMG, has completed its first set of corporate technology deals since its creation a year ago. The deals have a combined value of just over £100m. Corporate partner Philip Rogers believes they are still highly significant for the fledgling firm. The deals are Marconi’s £70m acquisition of Albany Partnership, a […]

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