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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.


Travers Smith in management instruction on Hamleys’ MBO

Travers Smith Braithwaite saw off competition from two rival law firms to scoop the mandate on the public-to-private buyout of toy emporium Hamleys. The management buyout, which values Hamleys at £47.2m, was backed by Iceland’s largest retailer Baugur and headed by the toy shop’s chief operating officer John Watkinson and finance director Ian Parker. Baugur […]

Ex-OPIC boss moves to Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance‘s Washington DC office has bolstered its projects group by recruiting Ronald Jonkers, the former assistant general counsel of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). He is joining the firm after 11 years at OPIC, a development agency which is part of the US government, where he specialised in large project finance deals in […]

Putting the public back into the PPP market

Julia Cahill investigates the new-look PFI scheme being introduced across the NHS For any project finance lawyers with an idle moment to fill this summer, a recent report available on the Unison website might make interesting reading. ‘The PFI Experience, Voices from the Frontline’ is a collection of accounts given by staff working in nine […]

The price of failure

With the media and the Govt aiming boots at the fat cats, industry is going to have to radically improve self-regulation if it wants to avoid legislation. Richard Yeomans reports The media, shareholders and the Government have become increasingly critical of ‘golden parachutes’ for directors who are perceived to have failed. Take the case of […]

Judge calls for privacy law in New Zealand

Following the UK Government’s rejection of proposals by a House of Commons select committee that it should legislate on privacy, a judge in New Zealand has asked the New Zealand parliament to create a new privacy law. In the case of Hosking v Runting, involving unauthorised pictures that were taken of a New Zealand TV […]

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