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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.


Banco bonus

Spain’s legal market is emerging from the downturn in good shape thanks mainly to the government’s move to restructure the country’s financial services sector. A cross Europe law firms have been riding the turmoil of the past two years on a wave of restructuring and contentious work. Wherever you turn, the story is the same. […]

Julian Pritchard

Freshfields parachutes IP ace into NY transactional practice

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has moved to diversify its New York ­transactional practice, adding an IP capability for the first time with the relocation of London counsel Lindsey Canning. The move is designed to give the magic circle firm increased scope in the ­business integration and separation field – an increasingly important adjunct to mainstream M&A deals. […]

Death and Texas

Anyone who has been watching Professor Brian Cox’s excellent series about space and planets and stuff will be familiar with the notion that the dying embers of stars will be visible for countless millennia after the star itself has perished. In a similar vein, despite tumbling head first into the bottomless pit of the failed […]

Sara George

Opinion: Financial regulator’s transparency policy is double-edged

The Government intends to give the new Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) power to publicise the fact that it intends to take enforcement action before the firm or ­individual concerned has had an opportunity to put its case. The FCA will take over the investigation and enforcement powers currently exercised by the FSA. Most of the […]


Cardiff’s M&A Solicitors refers two partners to SFO

Cardiff-based M&A Solicitors has suspended two partners after they were arrested as part of a Serious Fraud Office (SFO) investigation. M&A partners Alan Whiteley and Eric Evans have been suspended with immediate effect. Whiteley set up M&A alongside Stephen Berry in 1999, after the pair left Eversheds. The SFO confirmed it had arrested five people […]

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