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A better future – What next for the Solent region?

As part of our ‘Future Cities’ campaign, Shoosmiths is holding a series of virtual ‘think tank’ discussions with prominent local stakeholders in different locations across the UK to share insights and ideas around what the future holds for these locations.

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.


Mipim slams DJ Freeman and Lovells

DJ Freeman and Lovells both got a ticking off from Mipim organiser Reed Midem this year after declining to take exhibition stands After a 10-year run in Mipim’s so-called bunker, DJ Freeman went upmarket and hired a plush Cannes penthouse to entertain clients.It then advertised the address on a roadside billboard, breaching Mipim rules by […]

Ex-Billiton legal chief to join ICL

Billiton’s former general counsel Paul Lush, who left on 7 December last year, has resurfaced at IT services company ICL as its commercial and legal director The £20bn BHP-Billiton merger last year meant only one of the two heads of legal would land the role for the combined company. BHP chief general counsel John Fast, […]

Taking stock

The Barings and Enron scandals have brought to the fore the functions of company directors, accountants and auditors. Simon Barker asks: what will be the effect on their future roles? Barings and Enron provide spectacular examples of a problem that extends to all jurisdictions in which accountants, or more accurately auditors, play a significant role […]

Osborne Clarke suffers three-partner defection

Osborne Clarke is losing three partners, including London head of competition Neil Baylis Baylis is leaving the firm after being in his post for just a year to head up the competition department at Nicholson Graham & Jones, which he will join on 2 April.Baylis, who joined Osborne Clarke from Ashurst Morris Crisp, is understood […]

Simmons and Watson Farley discuss marriage

Top-10 UK firm Simmons & Simmons is in merger talks with top-30 firm Watson Farley & Williams to create a 1,000 fee-earner firm with combined revenues of more than £200m The negotiations – first revealed on – were led by Simmons managing partner David Dickinson and Watson Farley chairman Christopher Preston.

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