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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.


Ex-Lovells partners go independent in Germany

A duo of former Lovells partners have struck out on their own by setting up a firm in Frankfurt. Corporate partners Hanns-Christian Salger and Thomas Forsterling have established the practice, to be known as Salger Rechtsanwalte, that will focus on Mittelstand, i.e. small to medium-sized, clients. While the firm intends to grow to around 10 […]

Steering group to examine ethnic diversity in law

A steering group has been set up to investigate diversity in the legal profession. The group, led by Brenda King, chair of pressure group African & Caribbean Diversity, includes lawyers, recruitment specialists and HR practitioners from UK-based law firms. Key issues include ethnic minority representation in the profession and flexibility in working practices.

All change for Burges Salmon senior partner

Burges Salmon has elected a new senior partner to replace Richard Wynn-Jones whose term expires at the end of April. Commercial property partner Bob Smyth has been appointed to the post in an uncontested election. Wynn-Jones, the firm’s senior partner for the past three years, will return to fee-earning. The new appointment will take effect […]

The Glennie’s dropped

The exits at McGrigors just keep getting worse. Chasing this week’s story about the ‘will he, won’t he?’ negotiations of Robert Glennie, a scribe from The Lawyer was interested to hear word of another high-profile partner with a position to consider. Desperate to confirm the rumours, the chap naturally called everyone he could think of, […]

Par for the course

What a difference a few years make. The College of Law is now offering bespoke courses for three breakaway firms from the City LPC consortium, the remaining five are dealing solely with BPP, while two regional colleges have been dropped from the equation. Jon Robins asks the main players what the changes mean for the future of legal education

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