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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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Tired of London

Last month, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone unveiled a planning blueprint for London over the next two decades. One commentator snappily dubbed the former leader of the Greater London Council’s (GLC) vision ‘the skyscraper manifesto’.`Hyperbole aside, there is much to keep developers and planning professionals smiling in ‘Towards the London Plan’. Kate Hall, chairman of […]

A&O raises Hong Kong profile with £1bn Swire Pacific deal

The Hong Kong office of Allen & Overy (A&O) advised joint arrangers HSBC and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter on the establishment of a $1.5bn (£1.1bn) medium term note programme for Swire Pacific.`Although the firm is already a market leader in the medium term note programme, it is trying to develop its relationship with Hong Kong […]

Opinion

On 23 May, Mr Justice Moses handed down his judgment in the Interbrew/Bass case. In an unprecedented ruling, the January decision of the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry requiring the divestment of Bass by Interbrew was overturned.`Interbrew’s challenge to the Competition Commission and Government’s decisions was based on the argument that the remedy […]

Lovells becomes Equitable’s top adviser

Troubled mutual Equitable Life has named Lovells as its main legal adviser, despite its historic relationship with Denton Wilde Sapte. `Equitable Life chairman Vanni Treves described Lovells as the society’s main adviser at its annual general meeting on 23 May.`A Lovells team led by insurance specialist Robin Spencer is advising Equitable Life on a compromise […]

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