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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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Edwards Wildman wins Greek private equity mandate following CMS hire

Edwards Wildman and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer have won roles advising on New York-based private equity group Paine & Partners’ investment into Greek-based irrigation company Eurodrip. The deal sees Paine, which invests in food and agriculture companies, acquire around 65.7 per cent of outstanding shares from Eurodrip’s owner Global Finance. The sale is valued at around […]

Simmons’ client Samsung defeats Freshfields’ client Apple in CoA

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has thrown out a bid by technology giant Apple to reverse a High Court order that forced it to alert consumers that its rival, Samsung, did not copy the iPad. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner Justin Watts had brought in heavyweights Tony Grabiner QC of One Essex Court and Michael Silverleaf […]

Osborne Clarke eyes European integration with financial year shift

Osborne Clarke will switch to a December financial year-end for internal purposes as part of a move to integrate its expanded European operations. The firm is set to calculate results on a calendar-year basis from this December, bringing together the accounting systems for its UK, Italian, German and Spanish bases. The UK partnership currently operates […]

Doughty Street forges alliance with Dutch firm to boost civil liberties practice

Doughty Street Chambers and Dutch firm Böhler Advocaten have formed an alliance, pooling their resources on humanitarian and civil liberties work. To begin with Doughty Street and Böhler, which both specialise in human rights and civil liberties work, will focus on knowledge-sharing and networking, with barristers and lawyers combining on joint campaigns and conferences. There […]

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Akin Gump elects US managing partner as first female chair

Texas-headquartered Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has elected former US managing partner Kim Koopersmith as chair of the firm as incumbent Bruce McLean steps down. Koopersmith, a New York-based litigator, began her career at Akin Gump 19 years ago and became US managing partner of the firm in 2008. When she steps into her […]

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