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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.

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Will the media circus make a clown of justice?

When lawyers representing murder suspect Tracie Andrews wanted to find new witnesses for their case they called a press conference. Although unusual, the move is part of a noticeable trend. Instead of remaining aloof from the media frenzy surrounding high-profile trials, defence solicitors nowadays join the fray. Mark Stephens, of Stephens Innocent, is well-known for […]

Irish government attacks A&L Goodbody on fees

A top ranking Irish law firm is refusing to reveal its hourly rates in a clash with the Government over the £3.19m it was awarded in legal fees following a tribunal lasting more than 200 days. A&L Goodbody was awarded the costs by the Taxing Master of the High Court for representing meat processing company […]

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