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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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Hammonds swoops on EDF for partner hire

Hammonds has strengthened its energy and utilities group with the hire of EDF Energy in-house lawyer Adam Langridge who will join the London-based team as a partner later this month. Langridge was principal solicitor at EDF Energy’s in-house team advising on energy corporate and commercial matters. His start date has not yet been finalised, although […]

Stearns secures record fees on ExxonMobil case

Miami-based law firm Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson’s dreams came true earlier this month when a Miami federal judge awarded it $249m (£135.21m) in fees. The ruling, one of the largest fee awards on record in the US, follows Stearns’ successful representation of 11,000 petrol station owners in a $1.1bn (£597.32m) class action […]

Law Society seeks answers over Russia’s persecution of lawyers

Russia has changed dramatically since the days of the Soviet Union. However, some areas have made little progress, and among them is the rule of law. Although sensitive to criticism on the issue, the Russian establishment does not take kindly to those who seek to limit its power, and recent years have seen the disappearance […]

Watson Farley targets improved leverage ratio

Top 50 firm Watson Farley & Williams is aiming to increase dramatically its leverage ratio in a bid to boost its profitability. The 59-partner firm, which had a relatively low leverage ratio of 1.9 in 2004-05, has deliberately increased its lawyer numbers at a greater rate than it is growing its partnership. Managing partner Michael […]

Sidley pursues City insurance practice

Sidley Austin has redoubled its efforts to push into the London insurance market by bringing over two senior lawyers from its US practice following the hire of a DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary team for its insurance launch. James Stinson, co-chair of the firm’s insurance and financial services group, joined the London office in May […]

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