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FCA test case ruling – welcome news for businesses

The High Court has handed down the long-awaited judgment in the coronavirus business interruption insurance test case brought by the FCA. Whilst the judgment may be appealed by the insurers, it is a very positive outcome for most businesses.

Can SECR fill the void where ESOS failed?

Whilst Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting (SECR) could be seen at first glance as a watered down ESOS without the site audits, it has the ability to deliver a wide range of energy efficiency and carbon reduction measures for organisations for years to come in a way that ESOS alone will never achieve.

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RPC fails to overturn privacy appeal for Bloomberg

Byrne and Partners secured victory over RPC for its anonymous client ZXC, as Bloomberg failed to overturn a High Court decision on privacy rights. It was the Court of Appeal that sided with the respondent on Friday, which ruled upon whether criminal suspects have a reasonable expectation to privacy, and if so, when. This specific […]

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UK private equity firm Alchemy hires Macfarlanes counsel as GC

UK-based private equity firm Alchemy Partners had hired a Macfarlanes counsel to be its new general counsel. Adam Porter, who started out at the firm as a trainee in 2010, made the jump in-house to become Alchemy’s GC on 1 May. Porter has been a counsel at Macfarlanes’ private equity group since 2019. While at […]

High Court judge sides with Stewarts in Azima dispute

Stewarts has successfully won a fraud case against airline operator Farhad Azima, after he was ordered to pay over $4m by a UK judge. Instructed by the investment authority of Middle Eastern emirate Ras Al Khaimah (RAKIA), Stewarts had brought a series of fraud and conspiracy claims against Azima. The case, which featured in The […]

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