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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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Ashurst to cut partner drawings by 20 per cent

Partners at Ashurst will have their monthly drawings reduced by 20 per cent as part of a firmwide programme to ensure its financial resilience through the Covid-19 crisis. The firm has today announced a Stronger Together programme, which covers all of its 28 global offices in 16 countries and impacts every member of staff, which […]

Quartet of QCs team up to scrutinise UK’s furlough scheme

Four silks from separate chambers have strayed from usual custom to come together in a bid to create a detailed and publicly available analysis of the UK Government’s furloughing scheme. The collaborating authors include Littleton Chambers’ David Reade QC, Old Square’s Michael Ford QC, 11KBW’s Sean Jones QC and Caspar Glyn QC of Cloisters, all […]

WeWork GC makes move to Booking.com

WeWork’s former regional general counsel Sarah Nelson Smith has landed a new role at Booking.com. Nelson Smith, who left WeWork after 18 months at the beginning of April, is to join Booking.com’s legal team as its global head of corporate and commercial. The role is based in Booking.com’s HQ in Amsterdam, where it was founded […]

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Stephenson Harwood QC leaves for Mishcon

Mishcon de Reya has added to its arbitration ranks with a new partner hire from Stephenson Harwood. Louis Flannery QC is set to join the City firm once the Covid-19 crisis settles after a long stint as head of Stephenson Harwood’s international arbitration group. Operating on arbitration and litigation matters related to frauds and conflicts, […]

DLA Piper furloughs staff amid coronavirus pandemic

DLA Piper has placed some of its non-fee-earners on furlough in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The firm has furloughed a number of people in its UK property and workplace team. The department provides premises and office services including management and maintenance of DLA’s offices. The firm states that the employees are currently at home […]

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