MPs call for a ban on ‘greenwashing’ in financial services firms

Greenwashing is coming under increasing scrutiny from all angles, including MPs, regulators, NGOs and the general public. It is also likely to give rise to legal claims, if investors and shareholders consider they have been misled about a company’s environmental credentials.

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Archegos fallout raises troubling questions over bank risk controls

Credit Suisse’s removal of several senior executives, including its top risk and compliance officer, as a result of reported $4.7bn losses incurred by trades with Archegos Capital Management raises serious questions as to whether banks have learned sufficient lessons from the global financial crisis.

First, sack all the IP lawyers

In an article in the Times the argument is made that the true value and potential of intellectual property rights to the UK economy is being stifled by IP laws that are not fit for purpose, and that lawyers are in some way both ignorant of the economic value of patents to business owners and guilty of undermining entrepreneuralism. This is not a picture I recognise.

UK – tackling tax avoidance

James Austen reviews potential measures by the UK tax authorities on addressing tax avoidance, including tackling the promoters of avoidance schemes and raising standards in the tax advice market.

Government to review landlord and tenant legislation

In December 2020 the Government promised the commercial property industry an extensive review of the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 to take place in 2021. There are early signs that it is starting.

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COVID-19 twelve months on in the workplace

This podcast reflects on and discusses some of the measures currently being considered by employers to keep their workplaces safe twelve months on from the start of the pandemic.

Investing in women

The webinar brought together our various communities to discuss the progress combatting the disparities that exist between female and male entrepreneurs, making entrepreneurship more accessible to women, increasing funding access for women to start and grow businesses as well as addressing broader societal issues and unconscious bias that have created barriers for women generally.

Cayman Court provides clarity on costs

In a costs ruling delivered on 12 March 2021, the Honourable Justice Ramsay-Hale provided welcome clarity on the circumstances in which the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands will make a costs award on the indemnity basis. A successful party can expect to recover a higher proportion of its costs when an award is made on the indemnity basis (rather than the standard basis) since only costs that are unreasonably incurred or are of an unreasonable amount will be disallowed on taxation, and any doubts as to reasonableness are resolved in favour of the successful party.

Freeports – Planning FAQs

The designation of eight new Freeports within England made headlines in the Budget and now the winning bidders have to put into effect their successful proposals. What will this mean in practice for those areas affected and what are the likely issues that Freeport authorities will face?

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