It’s a pretty varied week of technology, environment, law and politics

Wednesday

To the top floor of the Gherkin for the inaugural Insurance Times Technology awards. The view is spectacular, as is the roll-call of winners.

Thursday

I pop in to the launch of Cunningham Lindsey’s global environment practice at the Mint Hotel in the City. Both Canopius and RSA are hosting events at the venue, too.

Friday

We reveal that the Solicitors Regulation Authority has received enquiries from more than 500 insurance-related businesses about taking majority stakes in law firms once the ‘alternative business structure’ rules are in place.

Monday

The EU sovereign debt crisis affects the insurance sector as Standard & Poor’s gives Groupama a ratings downgrade.

Tuesday

The ABI has taken its fight against the compensation culture to the Labour conference fringe in Liverpool. AXA’s David Williams clashes with justice spokesman Andrew Slaughter.