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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.



Herbies and Hogan Lovells lead on BlackRock-Deutsche property fund merger

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) and Hogan Lovells have taken the lead roles as global asset manager BlackRock merges its UK property fund with Deutsche Bank’s real estate fund group RREEF to form what the parties describe as the UK’s largest property unit trust. Under the terms of the deal, which closed at the end of […]

Chinnawat Thongpakdee

Herbert Smith Freehills hires Thai partner in boost to Asia litigation

Herbert Smith Freehills has boosted its Asia dispute resolution practice with a partner from Thai firm Weerawong Chinnavat & Peangpanor. Chinnawat Thongpakdee will join Herbert Smith Freehill’s Bangkok office as a partner, advising local and international companies on Thai disputes, as well as on arbitrations involving Thai parties. Before joining Herbert Smith Freehills, Thongpakdee was […]


Lord Phillips to challenge government on Supreme Court admin appointments

The former president of the Supreme Court, Lord Phillips, will challenge the right of the government to appoint the court’s chief executive in a proposed amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill this week. Lord Phillips has tabled the amendment alongside Blackstone Chambers peer David Pannick QC calling for the recently appointed Justice Secretary, Chris […]

A&O and Allens land roles on mammoth Australian LNG project financing

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Allens Linklaters both landed roles helping secure the $20bn (£12.3bn) project financing for the Ichthys liquified natural gas project in Australia’s Northern Territory. The Ichthys LNG project will produce and process gas from a field 230km off the shores of western Australia and then transport it to Darwin for extraction. […]

Cold cash: law firm duo wins mandates from oil giants

Akin Gump and Linklaters lead on ExxonMobil-Rosneft Siberian JV

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and Linklaters have landed mandates as Russian state-owned oil giant Rosneft and America’s ExxonMobil sign an agreement to jointly explore tight oil reserves in the far reaches of western Siberia. Two companies are set to establish a joint venture to run the project in which Rosneft will own a […]

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