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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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Regulation: KPMG

Vanessa Sharp When US banking group Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008, the ramifications were felt worldwide. But for the normally sedate accountancy profession, it ­represented a particularly ­violent jolt. As when energy group Enron went bust in 2001, auditors were thrust into the spotlight. Enron’s auditor Arthur Andersen was unable to ­survive, but this time round there […]

Uría Menéndez mourns death of founding partner Iglesias Prada

Slaughter and May best friend Uría Menéndez has announced the death of one of its founders, Juan Luis Iglesias Prada. Iglesias Prada passed away in Madrid on Friday (11 March), aged 69. He was due to retire from Uría later this year. Iglesias Prada joined Uría in 1981, becoming a partner in 1982. He was […]

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Six QCs selected to probe need for UK Bill of Rights

The Government has selected six heavyweight silks to sit on an independent commission to examine whether there is a need for a UK Bill of Rights. The commission, headed by former Permanent Secretary Sir Leigh Lewis, will look at the Human Rights Act and decide whether it properly reflects British freedoms. It is expected to […]

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Competition: Kent County Council

Geoff Wild  Kent County Council (KCC) legal chief Geoff Wild is not averse to going against the grain. At a time when the political orthodoxy is that public sector organisations should cede control of certain services to the private sector, charities and individuals, and reduce both their size and remit, Wild has continually sought […]

Merger of Competition Commission and OFT meets with muted response

Competition lawyers have offered a lukewarm response to Government proposals to streamline and improve the UK’s competition regime. The Government has unveiled its plans to merge the Competition Commission and Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to create a single agency – the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). A Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (DTI) […]

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