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Who should pay for fire safety building remediation costs?

In December 2020, we reported on the vote by the House of Lords on amendments to the Fire Safety Bill relating to the remediation costs associated with the replacement of the dangerous cladding panels and other fire safety defects. Both the Fire Safety Bill and the Building Safety Bill are anticipated to come into effect early this year.

‘Diversity is a given, Inclusion is a choice’ – actionable ideas

In our 3rd blog in the series, ‘Diversity is given, Inclusion is a choice’, Annelieke Jense and Frouke Horstmann provide practical ways based on their experience working with clients on how organisations can create a true inclusive culture by installing processes that mitigate unconscious biases.

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Herbert Smith announces pay rises for associates

Herbert Smith has ended its salary freeze, increasing pay for newly-qualified (NQ) lawyers and at various levels of post qualification experience (PQE) NQs at the firm will now receive £61,500, up £500 on 2011. Meanwhile pay for one year and four year PQE lawyers rose £500, to £68,500 and £94,000, respectively. Those at two-year PQE […]

Freshfields mulls female quotas

It’s partnership retreat season and strangely enough France seems to be a popular choice for the UK’s top firms. Farrer & Co chose Le Touquet for its shindig, while Allen & Overy (A&O) gathered its partnership into two hotels in Monte Carlo (well, they speak French there, anyway). Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, meanwhile, has chosen Paris […]

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Foreign lawyers in Kurdistan warned of action against “illegal” practice

A spokesperson purportedly connected to the Kurdistan Bar Association Council has confirmed that it will be pursuing international lawyers it believes are practising without a licence in the region. The spokesperson’s comments follow recent reports that there was little appetite for such action against international lawyers. In April The Lawyer reported that local lawyers in […]

Ex-Bakers partner faces jail over money laundering

A former Baker & McKenzie partner is facing up to 15 years in jail after pleading guilty in New York to money laundering and conspiracy to commit securities fraud. Corporate lawyer Martin Weisberg had been indicted on two charges. The first centred on a $55m share fraud scheme involving the companies Xybernaut and Ramp. At […]

Making tough love

DLA Piper develops brisk management style to help it through growing pains  DLA Piper is a good example of a firm moving towards a more corporate style of governance. That should come as no surprise, given its history and stated trajectory, and the fact that its speedy rise has been almost solely orchestrated by […]

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