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Protected disclosures: update for employers in Ireland

The recent High Court decision of John Clarke v. CGI Food Services Limited and CGI Holding Limited [2020] IEHC 368 demonstrates the broad scope of the definition of protected disclosures under the Protected Disclosures Act 2014.

Business Interruption Insurance Test Case – Resounding Victory for Policyholders

On 15 September 2020, the High Court held that the majority of businesses who were forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and whom hold business interruption (BI) insurance policies are entitled to compensation from their insurers. Subject to limitations under the relevant policies, businesses may now be entitled to a pay-out which would effectively put them back in the position had the pandemic never occurred.


Shoosmiths’ corporate team acts for Chase Templeton on trio of deals

Shoosmiths’ corporate team in Manchester has acted for Chase Templeton on a trio of acquisitions which will take premium income at the insurer to more than £100m and turnover to more than £13m. The Lancashire-based private medical insurance company, which is backed by Manchester’s Palatine Private Equity, has acquired 23 businesses and books since January 2013, all advised […]

Slaughters appoints second diversity chief as it pilots flexi-working scheme

Slaughter and May has appointed a second diversity chief, Susannah Macknay, to assist the firm’s inclusion efforts. Corporate partner Macknay has been working alongside litigator Ewan Brown, who has been working as the firm’s sole diversity partner since 2012. Macknay took up the post in May, following an appointment by Slaughters’ management board.  Slaughters has […]

Sky News interviews DLA Piper’s group head of IPT Australia about brand squatting

Sky News Business Law TV host Carson Scott recently interviewed Melinda Upton, partner and group head of IPT Australia at DLA Piper. In the live interview, Upton discussed the issue of brand squatting and cybersquatting. Carson also interviewed Les Koltai, partner and head of the real-estate group in DLA Piper Australia about doing business down […]


Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham kickstart search for new City HQ

Charles Russell and Speechly Bircham, which are set to merge on 1 November 2014, have kicked off their search for a combined City base. The firms have appointed property services firm DTZ to review their needs in London, as they seek to find a home for their new combined firm named Charles Russell Speechlys. DTZ […]

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