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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.



New York disputes firm Gregory Joseph marches into London in tie-up with Hage Aaronson

London litigation boutique Hage Aaronson has expanded its international reach by setting up a referral relationship with New York disputes firm Gregory Joseph. As part of the deal Hage Aaronson, set up in March by tax silk Graham Aaronson QC with former One Essex Court barrister Joe Hage (11 March 2013), will become Joseph Hage […]

Is Japan over the rainbow? Foreign LGBT executives and Japanese immigration law

By Koji Ishikawa, Lawrence Carter and Keitaro Uzawa On 26 June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings that significantly advanced same-sex marriage rights in America. In United States v Windsor (570 U.S. (2013)), the court considered whether a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) that defined ‘marriage’ and ‘spouse’ […]


Tencent GC: Chatty man

Taking his Silicon Valley expertise to Chinese internet giant Tencent, GC Brent Irvin is helping the company take on the digital status quo with the likes of WeChat Although based in Shenzhen, a technology hub in southern China, Tencent’s general counsel Brent Irvin finds himself travelling frequently, as the Chinese internet giant flexes its muscles beyond […]

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Ex-BLP partner Somers surfaces at DLA Piper

Another former Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) big-hitter has arrived at a rival firm, with the former Managed Legal Services head Patrick Somers joining DLA Piper today. It emerged that Somers had quit BLP in July, prompting the downgrading of the insourcing project (22 July 2013). He was followed out the door by a number of high-profile […]

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act toolbox

This tool is designed to help covered entities (CEs) and business associates (BAs) determine what they need to address in their privacy policies, procedures, practices and operations under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The information provided in this briefing must not be considered legal advice, a legal opinion or a blueprint — it […]

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