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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.



SJ Berwin advised Chelsfield on its recent purchase of the City Gate office complex at Southwark Bridge, London, from Brixton Estate. Complex tenants include Unisys and the Insurance Ombudsman Bureau. The SJ Berwin team was led by John Eldridge, assisted by Tessa Rudnick and Julie Hasselberg. Jackie Newstead of Lovell White Durrant acted for Brixton […]

And tomorrow the world…

With official opposition to the formation of MDPs dissolving in the UK and the US, PricewaterhouseCoopers’ global head of corporate development Paul Downing sets out the accountancy giant’s plan to dominate the world, says Sean Farrell. Paul Downing is a journalist’s nightmare. Not because he is rude or reticent. On the contrary, he is one […]

It's been a good week for…

Jeff and Jennifer Bramley, who have won the right to keep their two foster daughters. The Bramleys hit the headlines last September when they disappeared with the children after Cambridgeshire Social Services told the couple they would not be allowed to adopt the pair. In a ruling this week, Mrs Justice Hogg said they could […]

Legal Widow

Subjudice has taken the Royal Wedding to heart and has spent the past week terrorising her brother and sister into acting as her attendants while she wafts down the hallway with a sheet trailing behind her. Deminimus and Liability, meanwhile, are getting fed up having to stick ostrich feathers behind their ears and bow or […]

Young lawyer rejected 600 times wins top legal award

The man who was last week named assistant solicitor of the year received almost 600 job rejection letters, including one from a magic circle firm telling him: “You must be joking”, before finally landing a training contract. Owen Williams was judged the UK’s best assistant in The Lawyer’s Fifth Annual Awards by a panel of […]

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