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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.


Bonelli and Hengeler move in together in City

Slaughter and May’s best friends in Italy and Germany are to become flatmates in London after signing an 11-year lease on a joint office in the City. Italian firm Bonelli Erede Pappalardo and Germany’s Hengeler Mueller will move into new London premises at 30 Canon Street by the end of January 2007. The move strengthens […]


A&O’s Beringer applauded with honorary QC

Allen & Overy and Irwin Mitchell’s senior partners Guy Beringer and Michael Napier have both been appointed as honorary QCs in the first honoris causa awards made since the introduction of a new silk system. Beringer and Napier are among six honorary QCs who will receive their awards on Monday (16 October) at the QC […]

Shook Hardy seeks Asia market position

US litigation powerhouse Shook Hardy & Bacon is looking to enter the South Korean legal market by way of an informal alliance in an attempt to tap into the booming Asian manufacturing market. Shook Hardy is particularly well known for its product liability practice and already has alliances in Germany, Brazil and Canada along with […]

Reed Smith ramps up in US with Chicago merger

US firm Reed Smith has announced its intention to merge with Chicago-based mid-sized firm Sachnoff & Weaver. Pittsburgh-based Reed Smith, which is in the process of finalising its merger with Richards Butler in London, has reached an agreement in principle with the 140-lawyer firm. However, the tie-up is subject to a vote by the partnerships […]

Tiger’s share

Globalisation has resulted in the growth of the Celtic Tiger, but do all the UK and EU companies in Ireland deserve the lower tax rate, asks Gavin McGuire The long and sustained period of growth that the Irish economy has undergone in the past 15 years gave rise to the birth and growth of the […]

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