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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.



Blackstone’s Pannick fails to persuade Supreme Court to extend privilege to accountants

The Supreme Court has refused to extend legal privilege to accountants offering tax advice. The ruling will be welcomed by lawyers who would have faced increased competition from their accountancy counterparts had the ruling gone the other way. It is a major win for Blackstone Chambers’ James Eadie QC who picked up the mandate to […]

Reed Smith lands in Houston after calling off merger two years ago

US firm Reed Smith has opened an office in Houston two years after turning its back on a potential merger with Texan firm Thompson & Knight. Despite launching in the region last week the firm is still in the process of finding staff, with former San Francisco head David Thompson the only partner known to […]


Mishcon v Addleshaws as Berezovsky heads back to court

Mishcon de Reya is the latest firm to take on Addleshaw Goddard client Boris Berezovsky after the firm was instructed for the oligarch’s ex-partner Yelena Gorbunova in a battle for his reduced wealth. Mr Justice Mann delivered a split ruling after Maitland Chambers’ Anthony Trace QC convinced the court that a £200m freezing order against […]

Edwin Vanderbruggen

Edwin Vanderbruggen, VDB Loi, Yangon

Name Edwin Vanderbruggen Position Senior Partner What was your first-ever job? Dduring my studies I cleaned offices to pay the bills  Where did you study? Bachelor Degree University of Antwerp 1988, LLM University of Brussels 1993 Where did you train? Belgium and France. Have you lived or worked outside your home jurisdiction? What did you […]

David Dunsire

Tods Murray sees profit drop by 25 per cent in ‘slow’ 2011/12

Scottish firm Tods Murray’s LLP accounts show that the firm had a tough year in 2011/12, with revenue dropping by nearly 10 per cent and profit down by more than a quarter. Turnover at Tods Murray was £11.8m in 2011/12, down 9.8 per cent from £13.06m in 2010/11. Profit, meanwhile, fell by 25.8 per cent, […]

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