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Greenwashing: Don’t get caught out – ThinkHouse

Environmental and sustainability claims have been high on the agenda for many businesses for some time now, and with the Competition and Markets Authority’s recent introduction of its Green Claims Code, it’s even more important that businesses get it right and avoid exaggerating their environmental credentials.

Snapshot: Supreme Court holds no attribution where director’s “secret” profits in issue

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has recently delivered helpful guidance on the principles to be applied when dealing with attribution of knowledge between a company and its wrongdoing directors; particularly in the context of breaches of duty by directors in exploiting corporate opportunities belonging to the company to receive secret profits.

Continued rise of energy performance of buildings requirements

In July 2021, the European Union (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2021 (the 2021 Regulations) were published, followed swiftly by government guidance on how to apply the 2021 Regulations (the Technical Guidance). The publication of the 2021 Regulations and accompanying Technical Guidance underscores the continued focus on improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings performance (other than dwellings) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by boosting renovation obligations.


Hogan Lovells partner joins Pool Re as GC returns to Hogan Lovells

Government-backed mutual reinsurer Pool Re has appointed Hogan Lovells partner Christian Wells as company secretary and general counsel following the firm’s reappointment of the reinsurer’s incumbent legal chief Helen Chapman. Chapman has spent 18 months in the role having joined Pool Re from Hogan Lovells legacy firm Lovells, where she worked for nine years. She […]


DAC Beachcroft secures court win for black-cab rapist’s insurers

DAC Beachcroft has blocked victims of black-cab rapist John Worboys from making claims against the insurance company that provided his motor insurance. Pannone partner Joanne Berry instructed 39 Essex Street’s  Edwin Glasgow QC to lead the claim against convicted rapist Worboys and Inceptum Insurance Company, arguing that it should be liable for any successful claims […]


Corp competency

Corporate may be stuck in the global doldrums but the teams up for this year’s The Lawyer Awards remained admirably calm in the face of adversity. UK M&A saw a slight upturn in value terms in 2011, with announced deals rising by 4 per cent to a total of $325.4bn (£207.6m) compared with $312.5bn in […]

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Clifford Chance partners urged to share contacts for good of corporate

Clifford Chance’s management has urged partners to help boost its corporate practice by leveraging the firm’s prized banking relationships and fostering a culture of cross-referrals. Firm leaders at this month’s annual partnership conference in Barcelona called on partners to avoid building silos and be aware of the corporate opportunities that client contacts can bring. The […]

Weil wins second victory for Barclay brothers in ongoing Maybourne Hotels dispute

Weil Gotshal & Manges has secured a partial victory in the battle between the Barclay brothers and Irish property tycoon Paddy McKillen over the Maybourne Hotel Group. The Court of Appeal handed down a second judgment in favour of Sir David and Sir Fred Barclay in the hotly contested case over the control of Maybourne […]

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