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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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UK Lawyers Negotiate Fund For Forced Labour Victims

Two British law firms have won assurances from the German Government that a foundation for compensating WWII forced labour camp victims will be set up within six months. Leigh Day & Co and Manchester firm, Fentons are co-ordinating claims on behalf of British forced labour claimants and will play a consultative role in establishing a […]

Take a step in the rights direction

Laura Cox QC hails the advent of the Human Rights Act but warns lawyers must be prepared for a re-evaluation of their legal practises. Laura Cox QC is head of Cloisters chambers. The full extent to which the Human Rights Act will affect all law firms, barristers and their clients is only now starting to […]

Siemens lawyer powers up for Fujitsu

Fujitsu Siemens Computers BV is making Siemens information and communications products division lawyer Dr Heinz Tietze its new general counsel. The newly-created role was turned down by David Hyams, vice-president of legal and commercial affairs at Fujitsu Computers (Europe), who recently left the company after Fujitsu and Siemens AG formed the joint venture, Fujitsu Siemens […]

Coca-Cola legal takes back employment work

Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages is appointing a legal manager to supervise employment issues and handle litigation. The move is part of a decision to take over control of employment work from its human resources (HR) group. The company says that the newly appointed lawyer will continue to liaise with HR. Paul Meadows, vice president, legal […]

New Guidelines On Judges' Bias

Judges cannot be banned from the bench for being gay, a Freemason or a member of a sports club, the Court of Appeal has decided. The country’s three most senior judges yesterday laid down guidelines to help check the trend of challenging judges on the grounds of bias, which has become more prevalent since the […]

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