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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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Finland’s Hannes Snellman outstrips rival Roschier

Hannes Snellman has leapfrogged Roschier to become Finland’s largest law firm after a massive 39 per cent leap in turnover. The firm made e45.9m (£32.18m) in gross revenue in its last financial year, compared with Roschier’s e45.1m (£31.61m), but the latter remains Finland’s most profitable, with an average profit per equity partner in excess of […]

Howes Percival fields rugby club acquisition

Regional law firm Howes Percival is representing Ian Lenagan on his takeover of Wigan Warriors Rugby League Club. Lenagan is set to purchase an 89 per cent stake in the club via a newly formed holding company, with the deal due to complete in December. Corporate partner Andrew Smith is leading the team, alongside tax […]

Bird & Bird celebrates record six months

Bird & Bird is celebrating one of the best half year performances in its history, growing by 24 per cent over the last six months. The firm has added nearly a quarter to its half year revenue, ending on £68.5m. Managing partner David Kerr said: “I think we’ve expanded a lot internationally. We’re finding that […]

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Clifford Chance set to launch gay network

Clifford Chanceset to launch gay network” />Clifford Chance is setting up a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) network just months after settling a sexual orientation discrimination claim from former competition partner Michael Bryceland. Gay rights advocacy group Stonewall called the firm’s LGBT policy into question and requested a meeting with the magic circle firm […]

Kendall Freeman seals US merger as insurance market reaches saturation

London-based Kendall Freeman’s merger with Boston firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge last Tuesday (30 October) has sparked speculation about which UK firm is next for a transatlantic merger. Kendall Freeman is the second insurance and litigation-focused UK firm this year to merge with a US outfit, following Richards Butler’s union with US firm Reed […]

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