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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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Camerons sets up Hong Kong immigration dept

CMS Cameron McKenna is launching an immigration practice in Hong Kong in response to a large increase in the number of professional immigrants to the UK. The number of applications for work permits is set to increase to 105,000 this year from 80,000 in 1999. Julia Onslow-Cole, head of Camerons’ 14-strong immigration team, says: “The […]

Devonshires restructures management

Niche property firm Devonshires Solicitors is shaking up its management structure. The reorganisation follows the retirement of senior partner Julian Roberts. Managing partner Nigel Hardy will take over his role, while property partner Julie Bradley will become the firm’s new managing partner. At 38, Bradley will be one of the youngest female managing partners in […]

Management shake-up at Edge Ellison

Hayward’s new role is understood to be predominantly administrative and he will remain as head of Edge Ellison’s London operation. Ramshaw’s consultancy will provide clients with management skills training such as developing market strategy, as well as practical skills such as speed reading. Ramshaw and senior partner James Retallack were the driving force behind the […]

Halliwells partner goes to Linnells

Halliwell Landau is losing one of its property partners after refusing to promote him to equity level. Stanley Beckett is leaving the Manchester-based firm after nearly four years to join Linnells in Oxford as a fee earner in its six-strong property department. Stephen Goodman, head of commercial property at Halliwells, says: “He wanted to be […]

Quote of the week

“Many witnesses couldn’t have been more dissimilar. Some were tall, some short, some had beards and some were women.” – A court observer’s reaction to Judge Stephens’ comment that all the black witnesses in a murder trial “looked rather similar” and that it was hard to find any “distinguishing features”.

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