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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.


Lawrence Graham follows trend with switch to limited-liability partnership

Lawrence Graham has become the latest firm to plump for limited-liability partnership (LLP) status after undergoing a conversion yesterday (1 August). LLP status will cover all of Lawrence Graham’s operations bar Monaco, which is being run as a separate unlimited-liability business. However, Lawrence Graham finance director Simon Brown explained that although the Monaco-based partners were not […]

Martineaus handed NGT Gas Metering Arrangements work

Martineau Johnson has scooped its first major instruction for National Grid Transco’s (NGT) gas business since its merger with energy group Lattice. The Birmingham firm’s energy group, led by partner Andrew Whitehead, advised NGT on the successful implementation of new gas metering arrangements for England, Scotland and Wales. The instruction was a coup for Martineaus, […]

New panel for English Partnerships

English Partnerships is about to put law firms through their paces after launching a review of its advisers. The national regeneration agency is seeking to appoint between three and six firms for five regional areas, covering the North East, North West, West Midlands, Thames Gateway and the South. Judith Roberts, head of legal services at […]

A word from the wise

A blast from the past this week from Fladgate Fielder, where chairman Paul Leese was reminiscing about the good old days at the West End firm. Leese, who celebrates his 30th year at Fladgates this year, recalled how he attended a cocktail party in his early days and saw a lawyer approach the legendarily straight-talking […]

Grid locked

Where have the Dutch power merchants gone? Weero Koster reveals all In the Dutch electricity sector, legal developments are fast and far-reaching. The liberalisation process initiated by the 1996 EU Electricity Directive has come to its final stage. In July, the household segment lost its captive status. To achieve complete liberalisation of the Dutch power […]

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