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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.

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Herbert Smith wins electricity contract

City firm Herbert Smith has won the contract against two other firms to advise the 14 electricity companies of England, Wales and Scotland on implementing full competition in 19 months time. Business customers of the privatised electricity companies are already able to choose their supplier, but from 1 April 1998 all 23 million individual customers […]

DMA and Gordons link

Deborah Mills & Associates, specialist in commercial and energy law, is hiving off its property and litigation work so it can concentrate on its energy practice. Under an agreement between it and Gordons, both based in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, DMA will refer litigation and property work to its neighbour. Partners from each firm will act as […]

Charles Marquand looks at how regulation 30 aids Crest users.

Charles Marquand is a barrister at 3 New Square. Crest, the paperless securities settlements system, went live on 15 July. The system allows shareholders to transfer shares electronically rather than having to use paper transfer forms and certificates. Parties to a bargain can now send “dematerialised instructions” to the “operator” who, in turn, sends an […]

There's no time to sit on the sidelines

The merger of Dibb Lupton and Alsop Wilkinson has created ripples among law firms more for its novelty factor than for the perceived impact of such a merger on the profession. While there are obvious benefits for both firms, the major rationale would seem to be size. Most firms may be blase about its significance, […]

Morgans targets drugs field

London and south Wales firm Morgan Bruce is cashing in on its health service connections by launching a specialist service for the drugs industry. The service is based at the practice’s Fleet Street office and is headed by its new partner and pharmaceutical law specialist Anthony Warnock-Smith. Warnock-Smith has joined the practice from Sanofi Winthrop, […]

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