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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.


Telefonica UK shakes up legal team in wake of senior departures

Telefonica UK’s general counsel Edward Smith has shaken up the company’s in-house legal team, taking advantage of two departures to promote internally and change the structure of the group. Senior lawyers in Telefonica’s marketing and consumer and competition teams, Jillian Phillips and Mark Simpson, have both recently left the company, with Simpson returning to Norton […]


Ashurst adds to non-exec trend as ex-UBS and CBA duo join boards

Ashurst has appointed external members to its UK and Australian management boards for the first time, in a move that demonstrates the slow but increasing trend for City law firms to bring in non-executive directors to provide outside experience. Former Takeover Panel director general and ex-UBS banker Robert Gillespie joins the board of the firm’s […]

European Commission consults on new technology licensing rules

The European Commission has conducted a consultation on proposed changes to the technology transfer block exemption (TTBE) and accompanying guidelines, which exempt certain technology licensing agreements from the EU/UK competition law ban on anti-competitive agreements. The current TTBE is due to expire in April 2014. EU/UK competition law outlaws anti-competitive agreements between companies. Restrictions in […]


Plunge in number of contracts shows market is behind the game

News last week that the number of training contracts has contracted by a whopping 10.5 per cent in the past year is a sure sign the trainee recruitment model needs to be urgently reassessed. In 2011/12 4,869 training contracts were registered by the Law Society compared with 5,441 in 2010/11 and 6,303 in 2006/07. The […]


Thorn in the side of TM owners

As internet users become smarter proving trademark infringement in adword cases will be harder The judgment of 21 May 2013 of Mr Justice Arnold in the Interflora v M&S trademark infringement case involving Google AdWords does not, in my opinion, vastly change the existing adword jurisprudence. The starting point remains that using an adword matching […]

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