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COP27 and climate finance: Bridging the gap

With COP27 starting earlier this week, all eyes remain on what progress governments and international organisations are able to make to meet climate critical finance targets. Climate finance is a major issue at COP27, as it has been since developed countries initially agreed to mobilise $100 billion per year at COP15 in 2009 by 2020 (later extended to 2025). However, this annual target has never been met.

Disapplication of pre-emption rights: Back to the future

On 4 November 2022, the Pre-Emption Group published a revised Statement of Principles for the disapplication of pre-emption rights (the "Statement"), together with new template resolutions. The Statement, which has been updated for the first time since 2015, has immediate effect in line with the recommendations of the UK Secondary Capital Raising Review (the "Recommendations") published in July.

Liability-driven investment (LDI) – Reflections on the mini-budget and the road ahead

The rise in gilt yields following Kwasi Kwarteng's "mini-budget" announced on 23 September 2022 led to the Bank of England stepping in to stabilise the market - primarily to protect UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes from the impact of the volatility which arose immediately afterwards. Here we outline what happened and some of the potential longer-term impact for schemes pursuing liability-driven investment (LDI) strategies.

Better regulation: what's missing from the Government's approach?

Most businesses would agree that better regulation is a desirable goal – but how do you actually achieve it? In the first of a series of briefings on regulatory reform across a range of different sectors, we look at the implications for business of the UK Government's approach to regulation and how far it is likely to succeed.

University of Dundee v Chakraborty: can a non-privileged document retrospectively acquire privileged status?

In the recent decision of University of Dundee v Chakraborty [2022] EAT 150, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a report, which had at an earlier stage of proceedings been non-privileged, could acquire privileged status following the incorporation of legal advice by solicitors. The case provides a helpful restatement of the rules relating to legal advice and litigation privilege.

COP27: What is it and why is it important?

COP27 is due to take place in Egypt from 6 to 18 November 2022. The summit comes at a time when there are acute energy issues across the globe, increasing numbers of extreme weather events and worrying data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ("IPCC") which indicates we may not be doing enough to avoid the worst aspects of the climate crisis.

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