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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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Allen & Overy partner Mark Mansell will appear before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) on 3 June, following an investigation into the drawing up of a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein. Mansell, the lawyer at the centre of the agreement signed by Weinstein’s personal assistant Zelda Perkins, is to be represented […]

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SRA reveals full list of allegations against Freshfields partner

Following a hearing before the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) last week, a full list of allegations have been published against Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Ryan Beckwith, including claims that his conduct “was an abuse of his position of seniority”. There a total of two, as yet unproven, allegations brought against Beckwith. On both counts, he […]

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Kirkland alumni club: Willkie secures double-partner hire in London

Willkie Farr & Gallagher has secured its long-awaited hire of two partners from Kirkland & Ellis, as they join former colleague Claire McDaid to expand its City private equity team. Gavin Gordon and David Arnold are to join Willkie in the City, following on from the firm’s hire of Dechert tax partner Jane Scobie last […]

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