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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.


Bizarre week

Divorcing couples in the UK could soon be haggling over kidneys, liver and intestines donated between spouses, according to medical experts who say it is only a matter of time before couples put a price on the organs they have lovingly donated to their sickly spouse. Sir Roy Calne – the surgeon who performed the […]

Riding Japan's new wave

“It’s boom time out here at the moment,” says Andrew Castle, a partner in Allen & Overy’s Tokyo office. The head of Denton Hall’s Japanese operation, Steve Lewis, agrees: “Last week, if we got out of here before 4am we were doing well,” he says. “Things are really booming.” The big firms are bullish. Linklaters […]

CFAs should not affect objectivity

Your article on barristers’ fears about Conditional Fee Agreements (The Lawyer 29 March) suggests that “if their income is riding on the outcome of cases, barristers will not be objective in the advice they give”. So what’s new? Under the old legal aid system which is now being dismantled, barristers’ incomes were also dependent on […]

Flotations & Financing

A Nicholson Graham & Jones team, led by banking partner Paul Salsbury, is advising Barclays Bank on a loan facility to the Lister Healthcare Group for a PFI project for the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which will see the construction of a multi-storey car park and related facilities at Northwick Park Hospital in […]

Scottish firms cash in on PFI projects boom

Scottish law firms such as McGrigor Donald are profiting from a Scottish private finance initiative (PFI) boom. Last week McGrigors worked on three PFI deals worth u133m. It advised Stirling Water Seafield on its u100m bid in the UK’s first water and sewerage PFI to be financed by bond issue on the capital markets. It […]

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