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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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Threat from without

The latest move by Price Waterhouse is the clearest indication yet that accountancy firms are seriously positioning themselves for an onslaught on the legal market. Accountancy firms have been very successful in the legal markets of countries such as France and Spain, and there is no reason why, with the right resources, they should not […]

Chancery Lane sets out EU agenda

The GENERAL public should have access to European Union meetings on proposed legislation, according to a manifesto issued by the Law Society of England and Wales. It was prepared by the Brussels office for the 1996 European Intergovernmental Con- ference (IGC), starting in Turin later this month. The paper claims the public should also have […]

In brief: Follow US on tobacco claims, urges firm

Personal injury specialist Leigh Day & Co, which is representing tobacco victims, has called on UK tobacco companies to settle claims after the first settlements for American victims by US company Liggett were announced last week. Legal aid was granted last year to allow Leigh Day & Co to carry out investigations on the strength […]

Storm over CPS training 'agenda'

A CPS hidden agenda to use law clerks as magistrates court prosecutors to save money and secure greater staff loyalty has been claimed by a former crown prosecutor. Barrister Neil Addison claims he was shown internal CPS documents which complain the requirement for all prosecutors to be lawyers is “unnecessarily expensive”. According to Addison, the […]

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AWS chair spearheads quest for the top posts

NEW chair of the Association of Women Solicitors Alison Parkinson has stressed her commitment to getting more women to the top of the profession. More than 50 per cent of entrants into the profession are now women and the association, which has increased its membership by over 1,500 in the last year to 8,000, now […]

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