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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.


Ranald Munro: Chubb Insurance Company of Europe

With multiple roles for Chubb Insurance, Ranald Munro can keep a watchful eye on all proceedings, from EU legislation to management plans. Joanne Harris reports Ranald Munro is a man of many titles; general counsel and company secretary for the Chubb Insurance Company of Europe are the ones he uses most often, but he is […]


News from Hammonds, where the management elections last week took a back seat to the far more important auditions for ‘Hammonds Idol’. Guests at the annual summer party in Devonshire Square were invited to audition in front of a video camera for the firm’s very own version of reality show stalwart Pop Idol. A genius […]

Legal aid

Following on from Tulkinghorn’s clarion call request for old mobiles, PCs and printers, all in the aid of charity, comes more tech-related charity. Jersey firm Bedell Cristin is offloading 20 computers and networking equipment to help educate deprived schoolchildren in Romania. The move is part of an initiative being organised by the Jersey branch of […]

European CFI blasts Slaughters’ high rates for Airtours litigation

The European Court of First Instance (CFI) has handed down a scathing judgment on Slaughter and May’s costs in the groundbreaking Airtours litigation. On 28 June, the five-person tribunal agreed with the European Commission, which Slaughters beat in the litigation, that the firm’s fees were “exorbitant”. In the absence of an hourly costs breakdown from […]

Allen & Overy to block corporate partner promotions as downturn bites

London-based corporate associates vying to make partner at Allen & Overy (A&O) have had their hopes dashed after the firm announced there will be no promotions in the group next year. The magic circle firm informed lawyers of the decision through its associate forum last month. A&O made up just one partner in London corporate […]

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