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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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Green group makes EU noise over rail pollution

A NEWLY-FORMED environmental law group is trying to launch a court action against Railtrack under European rules on access to information. London-based EarthRights is seeking legal aid for a client whose request for information on machinery noise levels was turned down. It hopes to use the Environmental Information Regulations 1992 to force Railtrack to release […]

Cornish lawyer covers IP market

A LAWYER with a small specialist legal advisory firm in Cornwall spotted a gap in the market for intellectual property insurance and is now providing the cover for businesses operating in the US and elsewhere. Ernest Kay, a non-practising barrister, runs Law Business & Technology Services, a firm specialising in international IP advice and based […]

Lawyers defend SFO role in Guinness trial

Saunders: ‘strong point’ LAWYERS have leapt to the defence of the Serious Fraud Office following the referral of the Guinness case back to the Court of Appeal. Revelations that the SFO failed to disclose information to the defence at the original trial should not signal the death-knell for the organisation, a leading fraud specialist claims. […]

National Audit Office criticises court clerks over legal aid means testing

COURT clerks are not doing enough to make legal aid applicants provide evidence of their earnings, according to the National Audit Office. More than one third of applicants failed to submit documentary evidence on their means despite new rules introduced last year. The Comptroller and Auditor General Sir John Bourn has refused to grant the […]

Foots steps into London office

SOUTH West firm Foot & Bowden has opened an office in London to step up its drive for new business. The firm will use its new base to cope with its national and international work and is also offering a court agency service to provincial practices. Partner Gary Streeter MP will oversee the London operation, […]

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