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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.


Revealed: mid-market firms say ‘yes’ to flotation

Halliwells, LG and Olswang are among an unpre-cedented number of UK firms that are considering flotations or private equity investment once regulations allow. Almost a third of the firms in The Lawyer’s UK 100 now state that they are in favour of allowing the injection of third-party capital. Speechly Bircham managing partner Michael Lingens said […]

Treasury grills private equity fat cats

The great and the… er… good of the private equity world were hauled up in front of the Treasury Select Committee last week to answer questions about their generous tax breaks. Executives from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Permira, Carlyle Group and 3i were grilled by MPs for two hours. Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Latham & […]

Ashurst in bid for hedge funds

Ashurst is set to target activist hedge funds in a move it hopes will give it first-mover advantage in the evolving M&A landscape. Ashurst’s new strategy sets it apart from other City firms, which have been wary of activist hedge funds because of the potential for conflicts of interest. Ashurst head of corporate Adrian Clark […]


A new three-day funds approval regime and the proposal to scrap court involvement in the insurance transfer process makes Guernsey even more appealing to investors. By Christopher Anderson Every offshore jurisdiction walks a fine line between on the one hand having a prudent regulatory environment while remaining a user-friendly place to do business and, on […]

Simmons employment head defects to Farrers

Simmons & Simmons head of international employment William Dawson has quit for Farrer & Co in the wake of the firm’s private client team cull last year. Dawson will join Farrers as a partner, working under head of employment David Smellie in his five-partner team. Farrers has a strong private client team that has a […]

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