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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.

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HR & Training Special Report: Tapping talent

As the nature of lawyers’ client-facing work has evolved, so too should the role of the legal secretary, who can and should be utilised in a more supportive function for a greater number of lawyers. By Clodagh Beaty The traditional typing-heavy, legal secretarial role, with ­secretaries working for two or three lawyers, is disappearing fast. […]

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From a cross to bear to a leap of faith – private equity’s second coming

Putting houses in order is becoming the mainstay of law firms’ private equity work, says Kian Ganz. It feels like a world away, but it’s not so long since private equity was a major driver of many firms’ corporate revenues. With the dearth of credit and the global downturn, private equity practices have largely turned […]

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Shearman confirms job cuts in US and Canada

Shearman & Sterling is to cut 60 support staff jobs in its US and Canadian offices after yesterday announcing redundancies in the UK (3 March). In an email sent to the firm Shearman’s executive director Kimberly Gardner confirmed that cuts are being made due to volatile market conditions. The firm’s New York, Toronto, Washington DC […]

Radcliffe adds employment, tax barristers

Chancery set Radcliffe Chambers has boosted its ranks with two new ­barristers, launching an employment ;litigation ­practice in the process. The chambers has hired Shantanu ;Majumdar from Lamb Chambers. ­Majumdar specialises in professional negligence, commercial and employment litigation and was called to the bar in 1992. A ;spokesperson ;for ­Radcliffe said: “It’s a bit of […]

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Law Soc boss calls for pro bono to fill CV gaps

Law Society boss Des Hudson has cautioned lawyers deferring training contracts against leaving ‘gaps in their CVs’, urging them to do pro bono work instead. Des Hudson Law Society boss Des Hudson has cautioned lawyers deferring training contracts against leaving ‘gaps in their CVs’, urging them to do pro bono work instead. In a statement […]

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