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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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Stewarts succeeds in client claim over “excessive” rates

The Court of Appeal has ruled in favour of Stewarts Law in a costs challenge brought by one of its former clients, who argued the firm’s rates for fee-earners were “excessive”. Kjerulf Ainsworth instructed Stewarts back in October 2017, bringing in the boutique after a breakdown in the relationship with his former partner, over which […]

Quinn Emanuel follows Freshfields to ban “Dear Sirs” in emails

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan has become the latest firm to ban “Dear Sirs” in its emails and letters, The Lawyer can reveal. The male-oriented salutation has been replaced by gender-neutral equivalents. London-based lawyers will now address all external communications with “Dear Sirs/Madams,” “Dear Colleagues” or “Dear Counsel”. The change has been implemented by senior partner Richard […]

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Cadwalader in the City: Start, stop, start again

Poor old Cadwalader. The US firm has just posted a drop in its London office revenue for the second year in a row, down 4 per cent from $43.1m to $41.3m. And while it’s only fair to say that it’s been hiring recently, it is equally true that Cadwalader is also still dealing with the […]

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Freshfields recruits White & Case trio in Brussels

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has brought in a three-lawyer team in Brussels to strengthen its disputes practice. White & Case partner Nathalie Colin makes the move to the magic circle firm’s Belgian office after four years with her previous firm. She will join Freshfields together with principal associates Alexandre Hublet and Nino De Lathauwer. Colin specialises […]

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