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Business Interruption Insurance Test Case – Resounding Victory for Policyholders

On 15 September 2020, the High Court held that the majority of businesses who were forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and whom hold business interruption (BI) insurance policies are entitled to compensation from their insurers. Subject to limitations under the relevant policies, businesses may now be entitled to a pay-out which would effectively put them back in the position had the pandemic never occurred.

UK secures first major trade deal post-Brexit with Japan

On Friday 11 September the UK and Japan agreed a free trade deal, which is the first major trade deal secured by the UK as an independent nation. The deal took just over three months to conclude and the full text will be available in October.

Data – how does Brexit affect data coming from the EU?

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal then it’s likely that we’ll become a “third country” under EU data protection laws. This means that, despite having implemented the GDPR, the UK will no longer be deemed to offer adequate protection of European personal data.

The UK National Data Strategy: a new strategy for a new beginning?

On 9 September 2020 the Government published its new national data strategy for consultation. This follows EU policy reviews in the key areas of cloud computing and AI along with the publication of its own data strategy in February of this year, raising important questions about alignment with the bloc post-Brexit.

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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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