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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.


Travers’ new tech officer sets out strategy for innovation

Travers Smith has set up a working group focused on boosting the firm’s investments in innovation, following the arrival of its new chief technology officer from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. The group is the brainchild of new chief technology officer Oliver Bethell, who joined the firm four months ago after 14 years at Freshfields. There, he […]

Kathleen Russ, Travers

Travers Smith elects Kathleen Russ as first-ever female senior partner

Travers Smith’s former tax chief is to replace Chris Hale as senior partner from next year, becoming the firm’s first-ever female head. Kathleen Russ will take up her position from July 2019, replacing Hale, who has held the post since 2013. She was in charge of the firm’s tax department for a decade until January […]


Travers trio to battle it out in senior partner race

Travers Smith has kicked off its senior partner race, with three partners throwing their hat in the ring to replace longstanding head Chris Hale. Hale was re-elected to the position at the start of 2017 but his term was only ever meant to be for two years, as per the firm’s partner constitution. At Travers […]

DAC hires Kirkland partner to lead banking practice

DAC Beachcroft has hired Kirkland & Ellis partner Chris Wall to head the firm’s banking practice after 18 months in the US firm’s London partnership. Wall – a former Clifford Chance associate – is now tasked with leading the practice, alongside areas of both real estate finance and corporate law. His arrival follows the firm’s […]

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