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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.


Firms woo experts to boost IT strategies

NORTON Rose head of IT Brian Powell is to leave the firm to join Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. The move is the latest in a rash of IT appointments among the larger commercial firms and coincides with Cameron McKenna’s appointment of a new director of IT, Phillip Rooke, currently IT director at Hay Management Consultants. […]

Gwent courts fall foul of inspectors

GWENT magistrates courts have been criticised by inspectors for providing a ‘generally poor quality of service’ to the public. But the Magistrates Court Committee (MCC) for Gwent has expressed disappointment at the negative tone of the report issued last week by HM Magistrates Courts Service Inspectorate. Government inspectors visited Gwent MCC’s courthouses for 11 days […]

A profession shamed

The debate over the fees charged by Mishcon De Reya has undoubtedly not helped the image of the profession, at a time when Lord Irvine is looking for every excuse to highlight fat cat lawyers. However, I simply cannot understand why the profession did not see the opportunity to volunteer its pro bono services at […]


Hughes Watton acted for Superdrug on taking a lease of approximately 75,000 sq ft in Oxford Street at an annual rental of £2.5m from Littlewoods, advised by Davies Wallis Foyster. Hughes Watton also advised Superdrug on sub-underletting 50,000 sq ft to Books Etc, guaranteed by its parent company Borders. Both Books Etc and Borders were […]

Litigation Personal Injury 27/1/98

Wilder v Leeds Eastern Health Authority QBD 16 October 1998 Claimant: David Wilder, 38 Incident: Medical negligence Injuries: Claimant, a singer songwriter, underwent plastic surgery at St James’ University Hospital, Leeds, in August 1988 for levelling of contours on left side of face which had been left hollow from bout of cancer in his teens. […]

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