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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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Career clinic: My expertise is stalling my career – what can I do?

I am the best transactional lawyer in our in-house team, but unfortunately that means I’m the go-to person for big deals which dominates my time and limits my development in other areas.  It also prevents the team developing strength in depth, which only reinforces the issue. How do I persuade my manager that a non-transactional, […]

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Alibaba Group names new GC as affiliate hires Fangda chair

Chinese conglomerate Alibaba Group has appointed associate general counsel Sara Yu to head its group legal function, taking over the helm from former Freshfields partner Timothy Steinert. Steinert, who has been Alibaba’s group general counsel for 13 years, will remain with the group and serve as company secretary. He will also take on a senior […]

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The Virus Diaries: The Withers partner and GC advising on Covid-19 testing kits

Nearly two years ago, Withers – best known for big-ticket family cases, charity mandates or high-end trust planning – bought a 45-person tech firm, JAG Shaw Baker. At first glance, the purchase of the firm was not wholly obvious. JAG Shaw Baker, founded by two ex-Brown Rudnick lawyers James Shaw and Tina Baker, acted mainly […]

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At least you’re not a listed law firm

In normal circumstances Rosenblatt’s year-end results, published yesterday, would have made for positive reading. Revenue is up 36 per cent from £18.75m to £23.7m for the 2019 year-end, while EBITDA has risen by a whopping 46 per cent from £6.5m to £9.4m and, consequently earnings per share (EPS) has swollen from 3.8p to 7.6p. In […]

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