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Greenwashing: Don’t get caught out – ThinkHouse

Environmental and sustainability claims have been high on the agenda for many businesses for some time now, and with the Competition and Markets Authority’s recent introduction of its Green Claims Code, it’s even more important that businesses get it right and avoid exaggerating their environmental credentials.

Snapshot: Supreme Court holds no attribution where director’s “secret” profits in issue

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has recently delivered helpful guidance on the principles to be applied when dealing with attribution of knowledge between a company and its wrongdoing directors; particularly in the context of breaches of duty by directors in exploiting corporate opportunities belonging to the company to receive secret profits.

Continued rise of energy performance of buildings requirements

In July 2021, the European Union (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2021 (the 2021 Regulations) were published, followed swiftly by government guidance on how to apply the 2021 Regulations (the Technical Guidance). The publication of the 2021 Regulations and accompanying Technical Guidance underscores the continued focus on improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings performance (other than dwellings) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by boosting renovation obligations.

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French firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier has picked up a three-strong tax team from Jones Day in Paris, including the US firm’s European tax head Vincent Agulhon. Agulhon has joined Darrois as a partner, along with counsel Loïc Védie and associate Zoé Attali. Darrois co-managing partners Didier Théophile and Olivier Diaz said the hires would […]

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Job watch: construction

You only have to take a walk around London to see that there is a significant amount of construction work going on right now, even if the Government has not entirely embraced an FDR-style attempt to build its way out of recession. For lawyers in the sector, all this activity translates into a healthy level […]

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Shakespeares in talks to merge with Leicester firm Marrons

Shakespeares is planning its sixth acquisition since 2010 through a tie-up with Leicester firm Marrons. The merger is expected to go live in September and will strengthen the firm’s planning practice through the addition of town planners and lawyers. Marrons is currently home to 32 staff including 12 planning lawyers, one consultant, and eight qualified […]

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