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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.


Finance deals round-up

Eversheds (Anthony McGurk, Martin Halford) advised Astron on its acquisition of Edotech from its management and Barclays Private Equity for £130m. Clifford Chance advised Astron’s lending bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland. Edotech advised by Ashurst. Baker & McKenzie (Helen Bradley, Michael Caro) advised Tibco Software on its acquisition of Staffware, a UK business process […]

Pillsbury suffers second round of lawyer defections

Pillsbury Winthrop has been hit by its second bout of lawyer loses in over a week, this time in Washington as a life sciences team joins Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw. Partners Mark Paulson and Paul Sharer are joining the Anglo-American firm with a team of four attorneys. The defection arrives just after three West […]

The College of Law

The College of Law is on a bit of a roll. Having already bagged three-quarters of the magic circle for its new bespoke City LPC course, it now has its sights trained on the US firms. Driven by its energetic chief executive Nigel Savage, the college has been quick to exploit the Law Society’s new […]


Just when you thought it was safe, along comes yet another Clifford Chance US story. This time the news, as reported in this week’s issue of The Lawyer, is that Jim Benedict, head of the firm’s global litigation and dispute resolution department, is stepping down. On the face of it, Benedict’s move seems perfectly normal. […]

Deloitte France ends accounting-law link

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in France has finalised the split between its audit practice and its tax and legal division Deloitte & Touche Juridique et Fiscal. The law firm, which comprises around 10 per cent of Deloitte’s business in France, has been rebranded as TAJ. The 30-partner firm has voted in Anne Vaucher as its president. […]

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