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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.


Appeal Court backs disabled employees

Employment lawyers are warning business clients to handle dismissals of disabled staff with extreme care, after a landmark ruling that has turned discrimination law on its head. In the first disability discrimination case to go before the Court of Appeal, employee Darren Clark brought a case against Novacold, which fired him after he had been […]

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 […]


NatWest Development Capital (NWDC) instructed Hammond Suddards on its £1m partial funding of the management buy-out of northern bingo giant Walker Group. Corporate finance lawyer Jonathan Jones led the Hammonds team, with partner Catherine McKenna advising on pensions and lawyer Andrea Neville on commercial property.

Book of the Week

It’s a revelation. Even lawyers will soon be able to reach into their inner self and find meaning in their lives. Stress, aggravation and sleepless nights could be a thing of the past once a new book hits the shops. Due on the shelves in September, US lawyer Steve Keeva’s book Transforming Practices: Finding Joy […]

Richard Cranfield

Ryan Dunleavy meets Richard Cranfield, the new head of corporate law at Allen & Overy, who despite his love of tradition, is planning a few changes. WHEN entering the office of Allen & Overy’s new head of corporate law Richard Cranfield, it is instantly obvious that the man is a traditionalist. The walls of his […]

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