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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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Jenkens rejects Coudert comparisons

The dissolution of Jenkens & Gilchrist’s satellite offices was decided as early as last summer, it has emerged. Dallas-headquartered Jenkens has also confirmed that it is in emergency talks with Virginia firm Hunton & Williams, among others, about taking on a number of Dallas-based lawyers, where Jenkens currently has 124 fee-earners. One departing partner told […]

Watson Burton ponders opening up equity to boost retention prospects

Watson Burton is launching an internal consultation on opening its equity structure. The Newcastle-based firm hopes that the move will help retain salaried partners and associates. Senior partner Rob Langley confirmed: “We’ll be looking at our equity structure as a short to medium-term project over the next 18 months to two years.” The move may […]

DCA drive pays off with diverse judiciary

The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) diversity drive is paying off with black and ethnic minority appointments to the judiciary shooting up 60 per cent last year. The DCA diversity report reveals black and minority ethnic appointments rose from 30 new judges in 2005 to 48 last year. The number of women appointed to the […]

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