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Business Interruption Insurance Test Case: Supreme Court backs FCA

Today’s Supreme Court judgment paves the way for thousands of businesses to have their claims for Covid-related business interruption losses paid. We reported in September 2020 on a landmark High Court ruling for policyholders with certain business interruption insurance who have been forced to close as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The test case, which was […]

As the HSE clamps down on employers, how Covid-secure is your workplace?

With an increase in both inspection and enforcement activity by the HSE and local authorities, we look at what you can do to keep your workplace Covid-secure, employees safe and how to avoid potential warnings or prosecution. Current position Back in the autumn of 2020, employees were encouraged to return to work as lockdown restrictions […]

The UK’s departure from the EU has far-reaching implications for businesses operating in the UK and trading internationally.

We have created this tracking tool to help our clients manage and avoid issues as new developments take shape. Over the coming months, we will continue updating this tool to include additional information and topics that come to light. By tracking developments and explaining how they impact businesses like yours, we will help you assess your […]

Tender for nine onshore petroleum concessions in Angola

The National Agency for Petroleum Gas and Biofuel (ANPG) announced on 31 December 2020 the tender for the concession of 9 onshore blocks in Angola. The tender comprises Blocks CON1, CON5 and CON6, of the Lower Congo Basin and Blocks KON5, KON6, KON8, KON9, KON17 and KON20, of the Kwanza Basin. https://www.plmj.com/en/knowledge/informative-notes/Tender-for-nine-onshore-petroleum-concessions-in-Angola/31187/

Are the new restrictions guidance or law?

The idea that the government’s directions for the third lockdown are ‘just guidance’ and not law is a myth. As of 6 January 2021, The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.3) and (all Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 enshrined the lockdown restrictions in law. The effect of which is best summarised by the government website: ‘you […]

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Time to say grace? DECC sets out its proposals for RO grace periods

With the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme of support for new schemes to be phased out by 31 March 2017 and the replacement Contracts for Difference scheme coming into effect next year, there will be a period of time in which developers will have a choice of which scheme to seek support under. For those that […]

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Tui Travel tour operating GC steps up to top role

Tui Travel has promoted its mainstream tour operating general counsel, Mike Bowers, to the role of group legal director, following the decision of the FTSE 100 company’s legal chief Andrew John to begin planning for retirement. Bowers took over from John last month, following the latter’s appointment as director, secretariat, health & safety and risk. […]

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Moves 25 Nov

Move of the week Dentons’ former co-chief executive Howard Morris has joined Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) as head of business restructuring and insolvency in London. Morris, who practices in corporate recovery and insolvency, resigned from his post as global integration partner at Dentons earlier this year. His role at MoFo is a new one.    […]

Whistleblowing report contains ‘quite radical’ recommendations, says Eversheds’ Williams

Audrey Williams, partner at Eversheds, has commented on a report of the findings of a Whistleblowing Commission conducted by the charity Public Concern at Work. The report makes a series of recommendations aimed at improving UK whistleblowing protection in the workplace, as well as highlighting areas warranting further review.  Williams said: ‘[The] report might well cause […]

Government announces price cap for payday loans

The government has announced that it will cap the cost of payday loans. The level of the cap will be decided by the new regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The new cap will be included in the Banking Reform Bill, which is currently going through Parliament. This marks a change in thinking on the part […]

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