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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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The 60 second interview: Post Office GC on what businesses want from their lawyers

Post Office general counsel Ben Foat talks to The Lawyer ahead of his workshop at the In-house Counsel as Business Partner Conference, in association with EY, explaining the key considerations for transforming the legal function. What are the top three things businesses expect from their in-house lawyers? A strategic business partner that sees the bigger picture and […]

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Freeths secures landmark Post Office victory after £58m settlement

Freeths secured victory for more than 550 former Post Office workers this week as its longstanding group litigation resulted in a settlement for the claimants. Mr Justice Fraser was highly critical of the Post Office in his lengthy verdict stating that its approach to the case amounted to “bare assertions and denials that ignore what […]

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Post Office begins search for new legal panel

The Post Office has set out its stall for a new legal panel, adding that it plans to reduce its existing legal offering to seven firms. In a previous interview with The Lawyer, the Post Office’s legal director Ben Foat revealed that the company had an extensive roster of firms, including CMS Cameron McKenna and Womble Bond […]

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TSB names Post Office GC as new legal head

TSB Bank has named Susan Crichton, previously the Post Office general counsel, as its first general counsel. Crichton joins the bank on 6 January 2014 and will head up the bank’s preparations for an IPO. The appointment follows the recent split of Lloyds TSB Bank. In September Lloyds Banking Group named corporate and M&A head […]

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How WFH could threaten a decade of nearshoring

The seamless transition to working from home has been one of the legal sector’s great recent successes but one overlooked consequence could be the death of the nearshoring trend. Herbert Smith Freehills kicked off the post-recession nearshoring trend in 2011 by setting up shop in Belfast, quickly followed by Allen & Overy’s Belfast office in […]

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