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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.


Freshfields associate takes operations role

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer associate George Swan has taken on the role of operations officer in the firm’s corporate practice management team. Swan replaces Richard Thexton, who was the first associate to hold the position. The role was created in March when Mark Rawlinson succeeded Tim Jones as head of corporate, and is designed to give […]

Ogier shows its commitment to Middle East with Bahraini finance joint venture

Offshore firm Ogier is to open a joint venture in Bahrain with accounting firm Keypoint. Ogier chairman Jonathan White said the venture, called Two Seas Trust, would offer financial trust advice locally, as well as feed work into its international network of offices. “We’ve been doing work in the Middle East for some time and […]

Get tooled up

In response to my post last week suggesting that the mid-market is snapping up real estate rainmakers (22 October), a City-based recruiter that deals with most of the top 100 got in touch to tell me that, by contrast, not one of his clients is hiring property rainmakers. “There’s no hiring going on because nobody […]


Chadbourne hiring freeze as recession bites

Chadbourne & Parke has instituted a firm-wide hiring freeze for both legal and non-legal staff in an attempt to combat the economic downturn. In a memo titled “How are we doing?” that was leaked to US legal market blog Above The Law, Chadbourne managing partner Charlie O’Neil confirmed the freeze on hiring. He said those […]

Clarke Willmott begins redundancy talks

Clarke Willmott begins redundancy talks” />Clarke Willmott has joined the growing number of firms putting lawyers under the threat of redundancy. The Birmingham headquartered firm, which also has offices in Bristol, Southampton and Taunton, said the redundancies would affect up to 40 fee earners and support staff across the offices and the consultation would “impact […]

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