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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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Simpson Thacher invests in further City space after record financials

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is to extend and refurbish its London office space, following a record 2019 in revenues in the City. The US firm has taken on an extra floor in its CityPoint home and has started its refurbishment of all of its space, which will include the redoing of offices and a new […]

Simpson Thacher breaks through $200m mark with record London financials

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has posted a 14 per cent rise in London office revenue for 2019, an increase of some $25m. The growth from $176m to $200.6m is the first time Simpson Thacher has exceeded $200m in UK turnover. Total qualified lawyer numbers rose from 93 to 104, a 12 per cent increase effectively […]

Linklaters signs up to move into new London HQ

Linklaters has signed the lease to move into a new City headquarters in 2026. The firm will make the move to 20 Ropemaker Street in 2026, when its current lease for its Silk Street headquarters expires. It has signed up to occupy about 300,000 sq-ft spread across 14 floors of the building. It marks the […]

Linklaters real estate veteran lands at new firm

Linklaters’ real estate veteran Mark Burgess-Smith has resurfaced at Farrer & Co. Burgess-Smith joins Farrers as senior counsel after a career spanning three decades at the magic circle firm, where he specialised in commercial real estate. He joined Linklaters in 1988 after training at Druces & Attlee (now Druces) and made partner in 1996, following […]

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Linklaters recruits from White & Case to boost banking team

Linklaters has hired a new partner from White & Case to boost its London banking practice. The magic circle firm has brought in Colin Chang, who has been a partner in the capital markets practice of the US firm for more than a decade. Having first joined in 2008, he was based until now in White […]

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