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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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UK lawyers could lose out in Hong Kong practice rule change

UK lawyers may find it more difficult to practise in Hong Kong following a review by the Hong Kong law society’s standing committee on standards and development. The law society’s director of standards and development, Margaret Hill, said overseas lawyers generally had to sit a series of examinations before being able to practise Hong Kong […]

In brief: Public unaware of small claims process

The public seems generally to be unaware of the small claims procedure, the National Audit Office says in a report. NAO head Sir John Bourn told Parliament last week that the county courts provided an accessible, speedy and cost-effective service. The NAO examination included a survey of litigants involved in 3,000 small claims cases and […]

Price Waterhouse pulls in Pinsents partner for Europe

PRICE Waterhouse has appointed Paul Downing, managing partner of the London office of Pinsent Curtis, to head its network of European law firms. The move, which centres Price Waterhouse’s network in London, was announced last Friday to the Pinsent Curtis partnership. Downing will join Arnheim & Co, headed by ex-Hammonds Suddard partner Christopher Arnheim, in […]

Thumbs up to murder appeal

The Law Lords have granted leave for an appeal in the case of Anthony Glasford Powell who, along with another, was convicted at the Old Bailey on 28 February 1994 of the murder of a small-time drugs dealer. He was jailed for life with a recommendation that he serve a minimum term of 20 years. […]

Sty's the limit in nuisance claim

A Finely honed legal argument can at times be upstaged by the strangest things. Newcastle-upon Tyne solicitors AT Bryson & Co and Wilkinson Maughan, and counsel Ron Mitchell and Philip Walling will vouch for that after their most recent courtroom conflict. They headed for Newcastle County Court to argue over the law of nuisance. Two […]

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