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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.


Jeremy Hoyland

Simmons confirms hire of five-partner BLP team

Simmons & Simmons has confirmed that it has hired a five-partner finance team from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP). Simmons today announced that Richard Hughes, Simon Kildahl and former BLP managing partner Bob Jones will be joining John Hayward and Mark Waghorn, whose departures were revealed earlier this week (24 May 2011), at the firm. All […]


A&O snares Herbies’ newly promoted European litigation chief

Allen & Overy (A&O) has raided Herbert Smith’s Paris office for a three-partner litigation team headed by French dispute resolution chief Denis Chemla. Chemla joins A&O along with fellow partners Michael Young and Erwan Poisson, who specialise in arbitration and litigation respectively. The news comes less than a month after Herbert Smith promoted Chemla to […]

Cayman: English barristers are well set

5 Stone Buildings duo establish Cayman set to cater for international client base

A duo of English barristers has established a set of chambers in the Cayman Islands in a first for the offshore jurisdiction. Shân Warnock-Smith QC and Andrew De La Rosa have launched International Chancery and Trusts (ICT) Chambers in response to an increasingly international client base and work flow. The pair also remain associated with […]

Cross-border in court

The system’s flaws may be legion, but a better alternative to the use of international arbitrators to resolve disputes in cross-border commercial agreements has yet to be discovered, argues Charles Adams  Since the 1960s international arbitration, under the rules of the principal arbitral bodies, has been the default method of ­dispute resolution in major […]

Tony Woodcock

Work Life Quiz: Tony Woodcock, Stephenson Harwood

What time do you usually leave the office? Before my associates. What was your first-ever job? As a 17-year-old, teaching English to 17-year-old Italian female students. What was your worst experience as a trainee? Bending over in the Court of Appeal to pick up some law reports and hearing my trousers split up the back […]

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