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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.


Boosting statutory powers

The Guernsey Financial Services Commission is tightening up supervision of trustees. Michael Betley outlines the proposals. Michael Betley is a partner at Wedlake Bell McKean in Guernsey. Trustee and corporate service providers are the only professionals in Guernsey who are not directly regulated by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (GFSC). However, that situation is set […]

Clyde & Co opens Greek office

Clyde & Co has become the latest UK firm to open for business in the Greek port of Piraeus. Martin Hall, the partner who has been sent to the city to set up the operation, said the office was needed to serve Greek clients, many of whom had moved operations from London back to Piraeus, […]

Stones swallows fellow Exeter practice

FOURTEEN-partner commercial Exeter firm Stones is swallowing up its five-partner neighbour Cann & Hallett. David Cox, practice manager at Canns, said the main reason for the move was the “tremendous competition” in the region. The new firm Stones Cann & Hallett will have 16 partners and 40 other fee earners, and will have offices in […]

Civil Justice Council to probe impact of switch from legal aid to conditional fees

LAWYERS’ fears that the switch from legal aid funding to conditional fees in personal injury cases will deny justice to litigants are to be investigated by the Lord Chancellor’s new advisory body, the Civil Justice Council. The 22-member council, which held its inaugural meeting on 20 March, is to set up a sub-committee to consider […]

Law Soc appoints Roger Smith to new education and training post

Legal Action Group (LAG) director Roger Smith has been snapped up by Chancery Lane to become its director of legal education and training. The move is a major fillip for the society, which has been slowly rebuilding its team of senior staff after the exodus of top officials following Martin Mears’ election as president. Smith, […]

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