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Greenwashing: Don’t get caught out – ThinkHouse

Environmental and sustainability claims have been high on the agenda for many businesses for some time now, and with the Competition and Markets Authority’s recent introduction of its Green Claims Code, it’s even more important that businesses get it right and avoid exaggerating their environmental credentials.

Snapshot: Supreme Court holds no attribution where director’s “secret” profits in issue

The United Kingdom’s Supreme Court has recently delivered helpful guidance on the principles to be applied when dealing with attribution of knowledge between a company and its wrongdoing directors; particularly in the context of breaches of duty by directors in exploiting corporate opportunities belonging to the company to receive secret profits.

Continued rise of energy performance of buildings requirements

In July 2021, the European Union (Energy Performance of Buildings) Regulations 2021 (the 2021 Regulations) were published, followed swiftly by government guidance on how to apply the 2021 Regulations (the Technical Guidance). The publication of the 2021 Regulations and accompanying Technical Guidance underscores the continued focus on improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of buildings performance (other than dwellings) and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by boosting renovation obligations.

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Irwin Mitchell scraps chargeable hours

Irwin Mitchell has dropped chargeable hours across the whole firm to accommodate people’s different working needs. The firm carried out a review of its time recording approach at the end of the last financial year, introducing a new model. Irwin Mitchell has traditionally had targets of around 1,500 hours, with discounts in place for various […]

James Quarmby, Stephenson Harwood
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Losing face: Why I need to come out for a second time

By James Quarmby, partner at Stephenson Harwood I first came out as gay to my colleagues as a newly-qualified solicitor in September 1998 when, a few months after joining, I was asked whether I would be bringing my wife or girlfriend to the firm’s Christmas party. This was, I thought, an ideal opportunity to put […]

Back to the office: what firms are doing

Far from being a complete return to normal, law firms across the country opened their doors a little more this month. How have they been preparing and what can staff expect from their old offices? Slaughter and May Slaughters has been less touchy-feely and more prescriptive than most other firms, telling staff to be in […]

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