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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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In brief: Law Society goes solo on fees advice

The Law Society has issued its own model terms of engagement of counsel for conditional fee agreements and advised solicitors that the Bar’s alternative terms “are in some respects disadvantageous to clients”. The society has listed six areas of dispute including the Bar’s requirement for an advice fee to be paid even if counsel does […]

Life in the windy city

Anne Gallagher visits Chicago’s hotspots to see where lawyers will spend their spare time While that loveable urchin Oliver sings for food on London’s stages, Chicago restaurateurs and bar keepers are the ones preparing for an onslaught of 20,000 hungry and thirsty lawyers expected to attend the American Bar Association’s annual meeting from 4 to […]

'White Book' on disc

Helen Sage reports The contents of the three volume ‘White Book’ – ‘The Supreme Court Practice 1995’, have been transferred to a single CD-ROM disc. Publishers Sweet & Maxwell commissioned Cascade Systems to produce a version of its Media Sphere software specifically for the digital version of the publication. The disc can be accessed by […]

'We must learn from problems of solicitor tuition,' Goldsmith warns training seminar

ENDING the Bar’s training monopoly must not pitch the profession into the same difficulties being faced by solicitors, Bar Council chair Peter Goldsmith has warned. Goldsmith issued the warning at a seminar in Holborn earlier this month to discuss the Bar’s proposals to end the Inns of Court School of Law’s monopoly of vocational training. […]

Crossmans and Radcliffes to merge

WESTMINSTER firm Radcliffes & Co is the mystery merger partner poised to join forces with London neighbours Crossman Block. The merger, due for completion by the end of the month, is expected to produce an enlarged firm under the name Radcliffes Crossman Block. News of the link-up comes one week after it emerged that talks […]

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