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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.

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Kings Bench Walk opens up Chelmsford chambers

John Malpas reports The set of David Cocks QC, 5 King’s Bench Walk, has made its first excursion out of London with the opening of an annex in Chelmsford. The annex will be used as a primary base for around ten criminal practitioners, including three Silks, whose practice is predominantly based in East Anglia. Tenant […]

Bar pro bono unit wants direct access for public

The public will be able to use barristers without referral from a solicitor if the Bar’s new pro bono unit persuades the Bar Council to relax its referral rules. The unit, launched a month ago to tackle unchecked instances of injustice referred by solicitors, has been inundated with calls from the public. Under the Bar […]

In brief: Lovells advises first US company on AIM

Lovell White Durrant acted for the first US company to seek a listing on the Alternative Investment Market for smaller companies in London. Lovells represented Electronic Retailing Systems International and worked closely with the company’s US counsel, Krugman, Chapnick & Grimshaw. The UK firm’s team was led by John Davidson, who was assisted by David […]

Toulson made chair

Alan Toulson, senior partner at Reynolds Porter Chamberlain, has been elected chairman of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce for the UK. His firm has been honorary solicitor to the chamber since 1923.

Murder of human rights lawyer leads to calls for inquiry

Tony Girling, the Law Society’s new president, and Ross Harper, the president of the International Bar Association, have written to the Indian prime minister calling for an inquiry into the death of Indian lawyer Jalil Andrabi. The move, which came at the prompting of Indian lawyers, came after the body of Andrabi, who was challenging […]

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