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Greenwashing: Don’t get caught out – ThinkHouse

Environmental and sustainability claims have been high on the agenda for many businesses for some time now, and with the Competition and Markets Authority’s recent introduction of its Green Claims Code, it’s even more important that businesses get it right and avoid exaggerating their environmental credentials.

Snapshot: Supreme Court holds no attribution where director’s “secret” profits in issue

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has recently delivered helpful guidance on the principles to be applied when dealing with attribution of knowledge between a company and its wrongdoing directors; particularly in the context of breaches of duty by directors in exploiting corporate opportunities belonging to the company to receive secret profits.

Continued rise of energy performance of buildings requirements

In July 2021, the European Union (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2021 (the 2021 Regulations) were published, followed swiftly by government guidance on how to apply the 2021 Regulations (the Technical Guidance). The publication of the 2021 Regulations and accompanying Technical Guidance underscores the continued focus on improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings performance (other than dwellings) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by boosting renovation obligations.

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Ofgem brings in 20 Essex Street barrister

Energy watchdog Ofgem has recruited 20 Essex Street barrister Colleen Hanley as the second-in-command of its legal team. Hanley, who was called to the bar in 2003 and who took tenancy at 20 Essex Street a year later, will replace Ruth Ashworth, who is moving to the policy and strategy unit at the Office of […]

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Hammonds ex-partners: we will not surrender

Former partners locked in drawings battle accuse firm of holding back vital documents Former ;Hammonds partners embroiled in a £3m profit litigation with the firm have spoken publicly for the first time to accuse their ­former ;partnership ;of ­allowing the case to drag on three years longer than they believe was necessary. As the war […]

Crunch opportunities knock

For a firm lacking a wide network of ­overseas offices, a surprising number of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s clients are ­international. PILLSBURYRescue of Thelen lawyers adds international nous For a firm lacking a wide network of ­overseas offices, a surprising number of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s clients are ­international. As the firm’s executive vice-chairman Steve […]

Paramount counsel goes it alone

The former UK legal director of Paramount Home Entertainment has launched a boutique media firm. Victoria Botsoff has left Paramount to set up her own firm, called Botsoff, which ;will ;focus ;on ­commercial and IP work for advertising, television and marketing clients. At the moment Botsoff will ;work ;as ;a ;sole ­practitioner, but plans to […]

SRA and Law Society face off over review

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has accused the Law Society of overstepping its remit by launching a review of the regulation of the profession. The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has accused the Law Society of overstepping its remit by launching a potentially dramatic review of the regulation of the legal profession. The Law Society publicly announced […]

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