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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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Legal Widow

The Dash for Cash is finally over, and it looks as if the Lawyer will get his pay rise after all. Mind you, like the Budget, I’m fairly sure there will be a catch, and he will find out that it won’t be implemented until 2002, and we’ll have more sulking and raging and refusal […]

PI expert quits Hodge Jones for Alexanders

Personal injury specialist firm Alexander Harris has poached Gulf War syndrome litigation solicitor Richard Barr and his team from Hodge Jones & Allen, reigniting fury over the award of the controversial legal aid contract. Barr and six specialist fee earners are now at Alexander Harris’ London office. However, the move means Barr loses both the […]

Freshfields looks to the East after Dutch move

Freshfields plans to open offices in Poland after poaching four Dutch lawyers for its new Amsterdam office. Freshfields’ chief executive, Alan Peck, says that the Dutch office completes the west European picture for the firm. “We are now turning our sights to eastern Europe and India,” he says. “The boys have been sniffing around Poland […]

Survey reveals threat to mid-sized sets

Medium-sized barristers’ chambers are being squeezed out of the profession, according to the most comprehensive survey ever of the Bar. Chambers with between 11 and 30 members are the most vulnerable with more sets in this category losing members than gaining them. Over 50 per cent of barristers switching sets moved to larger sets with […]

CC sends Latin America chief to Tokyo practice

Clifford Chance’s London head of its Latin American practice is being posted to Tokyo to boost its Far East operation. It is expected that US firm Rogers & Wells, if its merger with Clifford Chance goes ahead, will then take control of Latin America from its New York office. Stephen Roith will move in September […]

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