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Monitoring staff at work and at home

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Contributing authors: Josh Craig and John Nevin

Banking and financial services businesses have for many years monitored the work patterns and behaviours their staff. Since the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent seismic shift in working patterns, we are now seeing an increasing number of employers monitoring their staff in their own homes.

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Business interruption insurance (BII) update: Covid-19 not classed as ‘a plague’ for the purposes of insurance cover

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Contributing authors: Tom Llewellyn

We have now seen the judgment in the FCA’s test case applied in practice. Businesses with insurance policies with Travelers Insurance Company should beware.

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Shellfish, ham sandwiches, or court documents: which can you take into the European Union post Brexit?

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What can you bring into the EU?

From the vote on 23 June 2016 to the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, it took three and a half years, but Brexit has happened. With the no deal scenario prevented at the last minute, what has the fallout been so far?

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Enforcing restrictive covenants following an M&A deal

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Restrictive covenants are an essential tool for retaining goodwill and value in any business that you are looking to acquire. This is particularly so where the seller is intrinsically linked to the business or has the skillset to immediately compete with the target business, and could therefore quickly diminish its value.

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The final hurdle: what does the Supreme Court’s decision on business interruption insurance claims mean for you?

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The much anticipated Supreme Court judgment in the FCA’s business interruption insurance test case has been delivered. The decision brings definitive guidance on the operation of cover under non-damage interruption policies. Overall, the appeal reflects a victory for policyholders and provides peace of mind for many businesses who will now be able to progress their claims for Covid-19 related losses.

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Business interruption insurance (BII) update: FCA draft guidance on proving presence of Covid-19

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Our Dispute Resolution team continues to monitor developments around the business interruption insurance (BII) case as more detail on how to claim emerges following last year’s judgment.

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Commerce & Law: what to expect in 2021

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This article summarises some of the key developments expected in commercial, consumer and contract law in the UK in 2021 and beyond.

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Update: the business interruption insurance (BII) appeal – will businesses get all they want for Christmas?

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In September we published our summary of the lengthy BII test case judgment to assist businesses in understanding what this meant for them.

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Electronic signatures: can you digitally sign your life away?

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Many of us in these difficult times are working from home and conducting business through our computer screen. This business will often involve the creation, variation, and termination of contracts and many other transactions besides, often of considerable importance and value. I was recently asked whether ‘electronic signatures’ have the same legal effect as traditional ‘wet signatures’?

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Pride Comes Before a Fall – The Johnny Depp Case

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Pride comes before a fall, so the proverb goes, meaning if you are too full of yourself, something will happen to make you look foolish. Is that the case here?

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Warning for retailers: the curious case of Phillip Lloyd Jewellers and a lost diamond

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Last month [October] it was widely reported in the trade and national press that Reigate High Street Jewellers, Phillip Lloyd Jewellers (“PLJ”) lost its Court case against a disgruntled customer over a lost diamond.  PLJ has been ordered to compensate the customer up to £30,000.

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The FCA’s business insurance test case: key takeaways from the judgment and next steps for businesses

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Contributing authors: Tom Llewellyn

Business interruption insurance test case

The High Court has delivered its ruling in the highly anticipated business interruption insurance (BII) test case. The FCA brought proceedings on behalf of policyholders, along with two action groups, in which the Court considered whether a sample of BII policies provided cover for losses arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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