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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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Telford family drugs gang sent down for a total of 55 years thanks to No5 lawyers

Michael Duck QC and Michelle Heeley of No5 Chambers Crime Group have prosecuted a gang involved in dealing class A drugs in Telford, which has led to jail sentences totalling more than 55 years. The gang involved several members of one family and was responsible for a conspiracy police believe has sold more than £200,000 worth of drugs. Using undercover officers, […]

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Bird & Bird announces plans to open patent-focused Luxembourg office

Bird & Bird has announced that it has applied to the Luxembourg bar for approval to launch in the Grand Duchy, its 28th office worldwide. The planned Luxembourg office is aimed at supporting the firm’s work with the new Unified Patent Court (UPC), which will be based in the jurisdiction, as well as litigation before […]

Dentons appeals €60,000 damages award in French employment case

When is a merger not a merger? When it concerns Dentons in France, according to arguments in a recent employment case. A former SNR Denton secretary sued the firm for unfair dismissal, claiming that it should not have laid her off in the weeks running up to the tie-up between Salans and SNR Denton in […]

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At last, the gender balance at the top of UK law firms begins to shift

BLP and Squires lag, but elsewhere female partner promotion stats look healthy. For years women have been told that the unbalanced female to  male ratio at partnership level will right itself as PQE ticks by and generations move up the ranks. And for years that rhetoric has proved untrue. But this year might just see […]

Russian rule

Russia is becoming increasingly problematic for Western firms. Despite the fact that English law is popular, the imposition of sanctions on the country is having a clear effect on business activity. UK and US practices are quietly downsizing, while local firms are consolidating – and beginning to hire English-qualified lawyers. Egorov Puginsky’s Dimitry Afanasiev: making […]

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