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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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Law Society council votes to pay its members

Law Society council members have voted to pay themselves for time spent in meetings, ignoring warnings that the move will deepen the council’s unpopularity within the profession. At a full council meeting, vice-president Robert Sayer pleaded with members to reject the idea, claiming the timing for such a move was wrong. He said: “I have […]

Job rights boost for disabled people

The employment protection rights of the disabled have been strengthened by a new Court of Appeal ruling. The decision in Clark v TDG Ltd (t/a Novacold) will require employers to take a closer look at their strategies if they want to dismiss a disabled member of their workforce, according to personal injury and employment law […]

Keep takeovers out of the courts

The European Union is stepping up its efforts to push through a draft directive aimed at harmonising European takeover regulations. But City opposition is focused on the directive’s inherent threat to self-regulation by the Takeover Panel, placing its regime on a statutory footing. City lawyers’ main argument is: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. […]

In brief: Forsters

Forsters. Last week it was stated that Forsters was formerly known as Frere Chomeley Bischoff (FCB). We would like to clarify that although the 11 partners who formed Forsters last August were formerly at FCB, the main firm actually merged with Eversheds.

In brief: The Law Society

The Law Society council has voted to appoint a director general to head the society. The new figurehead will be the public face of the society and will take a role in policy formation. The council deferred a decision on whether the new role should be filled by a solicitor.

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