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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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Webinar: Climate change – surviving the next crisis

Businesses are currently operating in a volatile climate where change is hard to predict. Yet an increasing number of scholars are vocally reminding us that the environmental crisis must not be forgotten amid the pandemic. While the coronavirus is the biggest challenge the world has faced in a very long time, it should not distract companies from their commitment to sustainability and fighting climate change. How can businesses weather the climate crisis and what can we learn from the Coronavirus? Can we move the dial from reactive to proactive? The first day of The Lawyer’s In-house Financial Services virtual conference kicked off with a keynote from the Environment Agency’s deputy director for innovative funding finance Andrew Sissons. In his 30-minute presentation, Andrew explained the enormous economic impact and dislocation that climate change will undoubtedly have if organisations and individuals do not heed the warnings. In the audience Q&A that followed, he particularly stressed the importance of corporates having a carbon budget: “As well as having a financial budget, you also need to have an idea of how much carbon you can afford to spend and make sure that you spend it efficiently”. Complete the form below to access the 30-minute webinar touching on issues such as: What are the similarities between the Coronavirus and climate change? What lessons are worth leveraging and re-evaluating? What does the sector need to do going forward, to remain strong and sustainable? Is there a fundamental change needed to the way business is conducted for a more economically viable world?   Speaker: Andrew Sissons, Deputy Director for Innovative Funding Finance, Environment Agency

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Leaitherland’s DWF exit deal: departing CEO to keep 70 per cent of shares

DWF’s departing CEO Andrew Leaitherland is to be paid an annual salary of £530,000 over the next 12 months, while nearly a third of his shares in the firm will be clawed back by the business. Details of Leaitherland’s lucrative exit package have emerged following his shock departure from the listed outfit on Friday, which […]

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City trio win mandates as Warburg Pincus revives wealth manager tie-up

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Kirkland & Ellis and Macfarlanes have taken lead roles on the revised merger between wealth managers Tilney and Smith & Wiliamson. The original deal, struck last September, came under pressure in March when the Financial Conduct Authority reported concerns over the level of debt that the combined businesses would carry. The transaction […]

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