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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.


HSBC enters talent war for UAE finance lawyers

HSBC is set to join the highly competitive market for talent in the Middle East by embarking on a recruitment drive to boost its legal team in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in response to the buoyant financial markets in the region. The bank, which has its legal function for the UAE headquartered in Dubai, […]

It’s time to wield a pen over the British constitution

What lawyer would willingly enter into an agreement of any complexity that was not written down? So what is different about the web of rights and obligations that we inherit as citizens of the UK and subjects of the Crown? Yet, in defiance of almost every other country in the world except New Zealand, the […]

Harmans’ family fortunes

It definitely pays to be a law firm that employs a Harman sister. Three firms at which Harriet Harman’s sisters are working received almost £650,000 in legal aid and legal services payments, according to the now defunct Department of Constitutional Affairs’ (DCA) last resources account. Harman & Harman, where the deputy leader of the Labour […]

Bakers posts 20 per cent turnover hike

Baker & McKenzie has reported global turnover growth of 20 per cent in the 2007 financial year, with total income rising to $1.83bn (£910m). •Baker & McKenzie has reported global turnover growth of 20 per cent in the 2007 financial year, with total income rising to $1.83bn (£910m). The bulk of this – 41 per […]

Lissack QC fights for foot and mouth farmers

Richard Lissack QC of Outer Temple Chambers has become involved in the foot and mouth outbreak. Lissack has been instructed by South West firm Thring Townsend in relation to a potential action for losses suffered by farmers as a result of last week’s outbreak. It is understood that Thring Townsend, instructed by the National Farmers’ […]

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