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Food & Drink Update – September 2020

Guidance on the latest food and drink rules, including post-furlough planning and workforce measures manufacturers, Brexit and the workforce – how to prepare for upcoming changes, protecting innovation in the food & drink industry, and more.

Coronavirus business interruption test case – judgment in the “insurance case of the century”

Flaux LJ and Butcher J today handed down judgment in the test case brought by the FCA to explore whether hundreds of thousands of businesses can recover under their business interruption policies for losses caused by the pandemic, in the “insurance case of the century” – the only claim heard under the Financial List Test Case Scheme. Many of those businesses will, today, be celebrating a fantastic win for them.

Cayman Islands Update: Economic substance guidance notes V3 issued

On 13 July 2020, the Cayman Islands Department for International Tax Cooperation (the “DITC”) issued version 3.0 of the Guidance on Economic Substance for Geographically Mobile Activities (the “Guidance”) pursuant to the ES Law (as defined below). This replaces the previous version 2.0 of the Guidance issued on 30 April 2019.


Chris McClure

Chris McClure

Chris McClure is a partner and heads up our structured asset finance team. He has a wide range of experience in relation to structured and asset finance transactions. He specialises in aircraft and rolling-stock transactions such as operating and finance leases (including cross-border leases) and the sale and purchase of such assets. He has acted […]

Phil Barnes

Phil Barnes

Phil Barnes is a partner in the medical negligence team in the firm’s Birmingham office. He acts solely for patients and their families. He has a broad range of experience in medical negligence cases, including surgical errors, misdiagnosis, pharmaceutical mistakes, nerve damage, nursing negligence, child birth trauma and fatal claims. He has specialist interest in […]

Herbert Smith

Herbies’ UK arm retains 75 per cent of March qualifiers

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) is retaining 75 per cent of its spring 2013 newly qualified (NQ) solicitors, down from 88 per cent the previous year. HSF had a pool of 32 trainees, of which 24 accepted offers from the firm to stay on after they qualify in March. None of the trainees refused a job […]


LLP analysis: top firms’ figures laid bare

The LLPs lay out the state of the market in black and white. It’s not always pretty reading When US firm K&L Gates posted its financial results last week it laid itself bare. Firm chairman Peter Kalis decided transparency was the order of the day in the wake of Dewey & LeBoeuf’s collapse. Consequently, the […]

Simon Wain

Simon Wain

Simon Wain is a partner in the construction team, based in the Birmingham office. He advises property clients, contractors, subcontractors and other professionals on all aspects of contentious and non-contentious construction law, including drafting and advising on contracts, appointments and warranties. He is experienced in conducting litigation and adjudications but will always steer clients towards […]

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