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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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The work-life quiz

Michael Laver, managing partner, Stevens & Bolton What was your first ever job? When I was 16 I sold fruit and veg from a market stall in Guildford. What was your worst experience as a trainee?Taking a statement from an 18-year-old who had just lost both legs in a motorbike accident Where’s the best place […]

Rental market saturates as top City firms try to offload space

A slew of law firms has returned excess office space to the rental market while rental prices are still rock-bottom, after overestimating their spatial needs. Hammonds is trying to sublet 10,000sq ft at Devonshire Square, while Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer wants to offload 17,900sq ft over three floors at 22 Tudor Street. The Freshfields space was previously sublet to Berwin […]

Lord Chancellor underlines commitment to Law Commission

The Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer, announced on Friday (29 October) that Hugh Beale QC has been reappointed as a Law Commissioner for a second term. Beale is a professor of law at Warwick University and was appointed as honorary silk in 2002. He specialises in contract law. Lord Falconer said the appointment underlined the value […]

Bar char

Like the class system, the division between blue-blood barristers and scummy solicitors refuses to die – at least in the unfathomable world of barristers’ clerks. The true status of the lowly solicitor was evident recently at Quadrant Chambers, which was playing host to an arbitration. A group of solicitors had rented a room and, after […]

Kirkland launches in Germany with CC team

Kirkland & Ellis is set to raid Clifford Chance to launch its first German office. Highly-rated private equity specialist Volker Kullman is understood to be in negotiations to join Kirkland, where he will spearhead the firm’s push into Munich. Kullman has been a partner at Clifford Chance since 1999 and was instrumental in the development […]

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