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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.



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 […]

Bird & Bird scoops MP3’s pan-European business

Bird & Bird has landed leading internet music distributor MP3 as a client following a competitive tender process. It is understood that six firms pitched for the work, including one from the magic circle. The final choice was made after the beauty parade last month. The win is a significant one for technology specialist Bird […]

Olswang takes on Biddle's head of media

Olswang has recruited a new partner to its IP practice. Kim Walker joins the firm from Biddle, where he was head of the media department. Andrew Inglis, head of Olswang’s IP practice which currently employs 22 lawyers, including 4 partners, explains that the appointment is to meet current market demands. He says: “The commercial IP […]

Jones Day goes one up on Silicon Valley firms with ‘no equity’ plan

CLEVELAND firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is launching an office in Silicon Valley with a plan to set itself apart by refusing to accept equity in lieu of fees. The firm is moving in two partners to spearhead the growth of the practice, which is being established to service new venture capital client Sequoia […]

Bar squeezes senior clerks

Senior clerks are facing concerted pressure to reduce their earnings as chambers look to cut overheads. Salaries will typically account for about 50 per cent of a chambers’ total expenditure, with senior clerks at the five leading commercial sets earning between £100,000 and £350,000 a year. David Grief, senior clerk at Essex Court, is one […]

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