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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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In brief: Access to Justice researcher heads talks

One of Lord Woolf’s Access to Justice inquiry team members will address a conference by the National Council for Access to Law. District judge Dick Greenslade will lead the one-day event in addressing issues ranging from how litigants in person should present their cases and how changes to civil court claim limits will affect solicitors, […]

A question of protection

The arrival of March brings with it the annual renewal season for barristers’ professional indemnity insurance. The General Council of the Bar of England and Wales requires every practising barrister to purchase insurance against claims made in respect of civil liability arising out of their practice. A minimum limit of £250,000 must be obtained by […]

Israeli barrister is elected to head set

THE GAME of basketball is a key source of inspiration for the new head of chambers at Lamb Building. And the fact that it is basketball rather the more traditional British sports such as cricket or rugby which inspires Ami Feder can be easily explained. Feder is the only Israeli barrister practising in the UK […]

Contractors sound off at profession

BUILDING lawyers have received a pasting for being expensive, unprofessional and superior in a poll of the UK’s major contractors. A “deep dissatisfaction” with the legal profession is displayed in the survey in the New Civil Engineer magazine. The magazine questioned the country’s top 60 contractors on their attitude towards their lawyers. Cost was a […]

'Conveyancers will get it in the neck if this goes ahead'

LAST summer a group of solicitors in Burnley got together to thrash out a set of guideline conveyancing fees. They are now being investigated by the Office of Fair Trading for alleged fee fixing, although Burnley and Pendle Law Society is confident it has done nothing wrong. It was, after all, following the Law Society’s […]

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