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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.

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Deliveroo

Lewis Silkin claims another Deliveroo victory over riders’ rights

The Court of Appeal unanimously ruled today that Deliveroo riders are self-employed and not workers, marking a three-nil win for Lewis Silkin in the long-running gig economy dispute. The judgment stands in contrast to the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to grant workers’ rights to Uber drivers. The appeal was brought by the Independent Workers’ Union […]

National Express

Ashurst and HSF lead on National Express’ merger talks

Ashurst and Herbert Smith Freehills have been called up on National Express’s £1.75bn merger discussions with Stagecoach. Ashurst is advising National Express, led by M&A corporate partner Tom Mercer, who is also the British coach operator’s relationship partner at the firm. Ashurst has had a relationship with National Express dating back to 1992, when it […]

On-demand Webinar: Law firm relationship status update: it’s all about value, efficiency and doing things differently

The increased pressure on cost efficiencies that most in-house teams are experiencing at the moment means there is a big focus on revamping external counsel relationships, minimising spent and maximising value. Is law still about selling people to people? Issues discussed in this webinar include: Has the pandemic and current economic climate changed the long-term dynamics between firms and their clients? Are law firm-client relationships changing? How are GCs envisioning their interactions with law firms to look like going forward? Are the “shiny toys” distracting us from what really matters, business partnerships and customer service? What does being creative with your law firm panel and doing things differently look like in practice? Is there a need for more collaboration and coordination within the in-house community when it comes to driving improvements to law firm-client relationships? What more can GCs do?

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