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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.



DLA Piper to lose 54 Asian jobs in regional shake-up

DLA Piper to lose 54 Asian jobs in regional shake-up” />DLA Piper has announced it is to cut 54 staff in Asia as part of a restructuring of its business in the region. The consultation will affect 20 associates and 34 support staff and is due to be completed by the end of March. The […]


Lawyer 2B shows A-level students the way

Most law firms say they want to attract more diverse bodies of trainees from ­outside the traditional talent pools, but the majority of diversity programmes still focus primarily on attracting university students. The problem with this is that by the time firms come into contact with university students, a raft of potentially promising future lawyers […]


Camerons ‘partner’ title up for grabs in London

The title of partner at CMS Cameron McKenna is set to be extended way into the associate ranks, heralding a shake-up of its partnership. The firm is looking at bringing the local partner role from its Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) offices to the UK. In CEE around 60 lawyers already have the title.The role […]


Italy Special Report: Latin down the hatches

Despite a history of high-value deals, Italian law firms have unsurprisingly failed to avoid the crunch and are now reacting defensively in a volatile market. By Kelly Parsons The legendry hefty pay packets of Italy’s top rainmakers could be left significantly lighter this year as M&A activity in the country plunges to a record low […]

Herbies picks up Bank of Scotland loan facility work

Herbert Smith advised Bank of Scotland on a $300m (£206.13m) loan facility to oil and gas exploration and production company Dana Petroleum. The company will use the money to purchase Toronto Stock Exchange-listed oil and gas exploration and ­production company Bow Valley, which focuses mainly on the UK North Sea. Herbert Smith banking partner Jason […]

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