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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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SJ Berwin mulls of counsel position

SJ Berwin has set up a firmwide associate focus group to decide whether an of counsel role should be introduced. With ;partnership prospects worsening across the market, the 15-associate alternative career path working group will debate the merit of the new role as either an additional position or an alternative route to partnership The firm […]

Making trainees central to the business

National firm Irwin Mitchell is planning a radical overhaul its training ­programme, centralising its first-year training budget as part of the scheme (The Lawyer, 29 September). Traditionally the firm gave trainees six-month trial periods in four seats over two years. Now trainees will spend four months in three seats for the first year before choosing […]

New team boosts Shoosmiths’ turnover

Shoosmiths has boosted its Birmingham income by 20 per cent just six months after hiring a social housing team from Cobbetts. Head of Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office Joel ­Kordan, who joined from Cobbetts’ Birmingham pre-merger firm Lee Crowder in 2003, said: “There was a lot of pressure for the team to perform, but they exceeded their […]

New Penningtons chief exec announces ambitions

Penningtons has appointed a new chief ­executive who has pledged to double the firm’s profit within four years. Penningtons chief exec announces ambitions” />Penningtons ;has appointed a new chief ­executive who has pledged to double the firm’s profit within four years. Chief executive David Raine, who takes over this month, has set out a plan for […]

Nomura panel rejig adds three, drops one

Dewey & LeBoeuf, ­Norton Rose and Travers Smith have all won roles on ­investment bank Nomura’s extended roster of preferred firms. The three firms join ­existing panel members Allen & Overy, Ashurst, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters on the bank’s main roster. General counsel Mark Chapman, who has been in the role for a year, […]

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