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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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Rowe & Maw poised to vote on Mayer Brown merger

Rowe & Maw awaits results of US vote; London set to gain three board positions As The Lawyer went to press, Rowe & Maw partners were about to vote on a merger with Mayer Brown & Platt that would give its London presence a powerful place within the management structures of a global firm.Under the […]

Liable to catch on

After the initial excitement, enthusiasm for LLPs has dwindled. But after Withers announced it was about to take the leap, Jon Robins asks: who will be next? “It seems too good an opportunity to miss not to convert to a limited liability partnerships [LLP]. I’m sure that other firms are queuing up behind us.” So […]

Linlaters opens Portuguese office

Linklaters is to launch an office in Portugal, enabling it to target clients across the whole Iberian Peninsula The magic circle firm has hired five Portuguese lawyers and their team. The group left Lisbon firm Morais Leitão J Galvão Teles & Associados in September last year.Corporate rainmaker Jorge Bleck, securities lawyer António Soares, project finance […]

Nelsons construction dept suffers exodus

A sizeable chunk of Nottingham-based firm Nelsons’ construction team has departed for local rival Browne Jacobson The move comes as Nelsons restructures its construction department following the loss of key partner Leslie Gray, who died in the Hatfield rail disaster.Partner Russell Deards has moved to the Nottingham office of Browne Jacobson together with a solicitor […]

Pillsbury cuts first year salaries as technology downturn impacts

San Francisco-based Pillsbury Winthrop has sliced $10,000 (£7,000) off its salary for first year associates The move comes as Bay Area firms fight the technology slowdown through a variety of cost-cutting initiatives.This year, the firm’s new associates will receive an annual salary of $125,000 (£87,500), down from $135,000 (£94,500). Pillsbury’s stance on remuneration mirrors similar […]

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