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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.

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King & Spalding has hired a life sciences regulatory partner in Brussels to launch formally the firm’s 21st international office. Genevieve Michaux, who was previously at Mayer Brown since 2016, joined the firm as a partner to focus on regulatory issues in the life sciences industry. She focuses on European Union, French and Belgian food […]

Thinking the unthinkable about QCs

Is it time for fundamental reform of the QC appointments system? The annual competition was last reviewed 15 years ago when then Lord Chancellor, Derry Irvine, called time on the nepotistic tap on the shoulder system and helped bring about the current competency-based regime. There have been great strides towards improving diversity and inclusion at […]

New QCs at a time of change: the silks of 2020

As 114 new silks celebrated their success in the 2020 Queen’s Counsel appointments, they were also marking the end of an arduous selection procedure – all for the honour, pride and privilege of securing those two prestigious letters that can reshape a legal career.  Finally gaining the QC kitemark gives some barristers a sense of […]

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