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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.


WTR 1000 names Michael Graif as ‘Recommended Expert’

Michael Graif, chair of Curtis’ Intellectual Property group, was selected as a ‘recommended expert’ in trademark enforcement and litigation in New York in the 2013 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 — The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals. Graif is described as ‘a first-rate orator whose aggressive yet fair methods win him great respect’.

Lord Justice Leveson

Unchartered territory

The Royal Charter is an archaic and undemocratic device and its use is not matched to the purpose of creating an effective and independent press regulator, says Amber Melville-Brown Two months on from the publication of Lord Justice Leveson’s report into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press, are we finally seeing some tentative […]


Hot 100: Raj Karia, Norton Rose

Norton Rose corporate partner Raj Karia (scroll down for video interview) had a stellar 2012, thanks in part to his firm’s multiple mergers in the preceding few years. Following deals with Australia’s Deacons, Canada’s Ogilvy Renault and Macleod Dixon, and South Africa’s Deneys Reitz, Karia advised Australia’s Allied Gold Mining on its 2011 London listing. […]

Considerations in trademark licensing in the UAE

The licensing of trademarks is an essential component of various commercial agreements facilitating business operations in the UAE. While franchise agreements are obvious examples of commercial agreement underpinned by trademark licenses, various other commercial agreements also contain or may contain detailed provisions related to the use of trademarks, including for example agency-, distribution- and in […]

Sue Thackeray

Supreme Court confirms legal advice privilege is only for lawyers – so what now?

By Sue Thackeray, partner and Fiona Hinds senior associate, Finers Stephens Innocent This week the Supreme Court confirmed by a majority of five to two that legal advice privilege should not be extended to communication in connection with advice given by professional people other than lawyers. So what happens now? The immediate answer is there […]

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