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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.



Hot 100 alumni: Mark Watts, Bristows

IT and data privacy lawyer Mark Watts was appointed to the top management echelons at Bristows in the year he appeared in The Lawyer’s Hot 100 list in 2010, alongside corporate partner Iain Redford. They succeeded partners Pat Treacy and Paul Walsh, who stepped down from the joint role of co-managing partners. Five years on, […]


Thomson Snell & Passmore appoints non-lawyer CEO

South East firm Thomson Snell & Passmore has appointed non-lawyer Simon Slater as the firm’s first CEO, with the aim of growing its commercial practice further. Slater joined the firm last year from accountancy firm PKF Littlejohn where he worked as a non-executive director. He will work with senior partner James Partridge to carry out […]

Co-op Bank launches selection process for inaugural legal panel

The Co-operative Bank has launched the process to select its first-ever panel of external legal advisers, following the bank’s split from the Co-operative Group. Currently, the bank shares a legal panel with the Co-operative Group but is launching its own panel following the split. However, the bank’s current mortgage, remortgage and property in possession panels […]

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Ashurst and Pinsents advise as Cairn Homes reveals its IPO intentions

Ashurst, Mason Hayes & Curran and Pinsent Masons have all won top roles on the planned London IPO of Irish homebuilder Cairn Homes, as it intends to raise proceeds of around €350m to €400m.  Pinsent Masons advised the company with a team led by partner Andrew Black. He was joined by international development partner Gareth […]

US: Orrick joins handful of international firms with Geneva office

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has become one of only a few international firms to open in Geneva with the hire of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld partner Vanessa Liborio Garrido de Sousa. Liborio is the second partner to leave Akin Gump in recent months. Former office head Charles Adams left the firm recently following his […]

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