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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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Linklaters and Herbert Smith are in the throes of finalising energy giant Centrica’s u1.1bn acquisition of the Automobile Association. Linklaters set up a team of more than 20 lawyers to advise Centrica, led by corporate partner Derek McMenamin in May, which meant the firm had a limited amount of time to prepare on Centrica’s behalf. […]

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Civil liberties. Nine newspapers and broadcasters succeeded in defeating an application to the Old Bailey by the City of London Police for possession of video footage, photographs and notes taken during last month’s demonstrations in the City, arguing it is not the job of journalists to gather evidence for the police. Upper class drug users. […]

Regulation for mediation

Littleton Chambers’ plan to set up a company offering mediation services is the most significant move yet to exploit new business opportunities offered by the Woolf Reforms. Other high profile sets are likely to follow suit as mediation becomes more financially rewarding. But the likely boom does have a downside. While the number of big […]

Illness delays Vernon hearing

A former Shakespeares consultant suspected of stealing more than u300,000 from the Birmingham firm claims he is too ill to face a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal hearing. Solicitor John Vernon, 61, who worked at Shakespeares for more than 30 years, failed to turn up for the hearing last week, citing ill health. The hearing was adjourned […]

Independent experts face flurry of negligence claims

Titmuss Sainer Dechert is advising electrical goods retailer Currys in a rent review case that may open the door to negligence claims against a spectrum of independent experts. Lawyers have shied away from advising clients to sue independent experts because of the failure rate. No case against an expert in a rent review case has […]

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