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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.


When in Rome…

Foreign banks have repeatedly been denied access to the Italian market. But a call for increased competition will change all that, say Veronica Pinotti and Jeffrey Greenbaum For the past 10 years foreign banks have looked upon the Italian market with the eyes of a child in the week before Christmas, looking at their presents […]

Gunner bummer

SJ Berwin real estate partner Nick Minkoff was the leading punter in The Lawyer’s World Cup fantasy football competition. A self-proclaimed “tactical genius”, who entered his tips only after 11pm while still in the office, Minkoff used all his tactical nous to match his team to that of his rivals, therefore protecting his lead. It […]

Public sector

The UK public sector is in a state of flux. Central government has instructed local authorities to work together to provide greater efficiencies, while local government, in turn, has long accused central government of hampering its work via a combination of micro-management and a stranglehold on finances. Both sides have responded to each others’ criticisms. […]

That’s the way to do it

Congratulations to Shoosmiths, which won Management Team of the Year at The Lawyer awards. It posted another rise in profit per equity partner this year of 16 per cent, to £396,000 – the fifth consecutive year of profit increase. Turnover was up 23 per cent. Other national firms, take note.


Howard Kennedy and Lydiard win $77m negligence case

Howard Kennedy and Brick Court Chambers’ silk Andrew Lydiard have won the negligence case brought against them by a Portuguese businessman. Antonio Anibale Andrade Baptista Lopes withdrew his claim of $77m (£41.7m) in the High Court this morning (13 July) and agreed to pay both Howard Kennedy and Lydiard costs on an indemnity basis. Lydiard […]

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