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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.


Travers’ Barter goes in-house at Bridgepoint

Private equity star Charles Barter is to leave Travers Smith to join Bridgepoint Capital, one of the firm’s key private equity clients. Private equity star Charles Barter (pictured) is to leave Travers Smith to join Bridgepoint Capital, one of the firm’s key private equity clients. Barter, who set up Travers’ private equity group in 1996, […]

Mark Tooke: Watson Farley & Williams

Watson Farley & Williams” />What was your first-ever job?Paperboy. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Making an application to strike out a claim brought by a litigant in person against the Home ­Secretary. The claim was totally ill founded and verging on the vexatious. Where’s the best place to go if you want to […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf bags Fried Frank employment partner

Dewey & LeBoeuf has hired a Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson partner to co-chair its global compensation, benefits and employment department. Howard Adler will join the firm’s New York office as a partner in mid-September and will lead the global practice group alongside co-chair Martha Steinman, who is also based in New York. Steinman […]

A&O slides to third in finance rankings

Allen & Overy’s (A&O) banking and finance practice is losing ground to those of its magic circle rivals as Clifford Chance widens its lead in turnover terms. During the past financial year Clifford Chance’s banking and finance practice ­generated £500m in fees; Linklaters’ took in £465.5m; A&O’s was £447m; and Freshfields ;Bruckhaus Deringer’s ;brought ;in […]

HBJ boosts insolvency in Nottingham

HBJ Gateley Wareing has snared Eversheds’ former Nottingham ­insolvency chief Chris Radford. Radford joins as a partner in Nottingham and will lead HBJ’s corporate recovery team as the firm bolsters its restructuring capability in light of the economic downturn. HBJ corporate partner Austin Moore said: “We’re delighted to welcome Chris to the team. Corporate restructuring […]

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