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Michael Gove has become the latest housing secretary to make promises in respect of building safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Specifically, under an ominous banner declaring “developers must pay”, Gove promised that leaseholders will not be required to meet the costs of cladding removal. While this is a positive development, there is currently little firm detail as to how it will be achieved.
As the pandemic continues, once again businesses are starting the New Year looking for more certainty. We are therefore taking a high level look at some key legal and regulatory certainties likely to have a significant impact on insurers and intermediaries in 2022. The following proposals are already (or imminently) either in force or in consultation.
A draft commercial hub practice direction has been published in Northern Ireland. The practice direction will come into operation on 1 November 2021 and will replace the previous commercial hub practice direction which was introduced in 2019.
We are pleased to have boosted our Israel office with the appointment of Ilana Bar, one of the country’s most respected corporate insurance and institutional entities lawyers.
Following the publication of The Legal 500 UK 2022, we are proud to announce that the firm has once again achieved impressive rankings and recognition within the latest guide to leading law firms and lawyers.
Kennedys has continued its growth in the Middle East with the opening of a new office in Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman. This office opening is in response to client demand for a presence in Oman, and sees Kennedys become the only international insurance-focused law firm in the country.
Kennedys has relocated its Manchester team to new premises in the city following further expansion in the team. Kennedys opened in Manchester in October 2008 with a team of 12 and in October 2016 the team moved to larger premises in The Tootal buildings.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP delivered his second budget yesterday which predominantly focused on maintaining, extending and creating new COVID-19 measures. This budget was a response to the pandemic first and foremost and, on that front, it more than delivered. Here, our commercial experts provide an overview of what the measures mean to businesses in a number of critical areas.
Kennedys continues to deepen its bench of offerings with the addition of partner Jared Greisman to its New York office. He joins from Goldberg Segalla, where he was a partner in the global insurance services team and chaired his first-party property practice.
It will long be remembered that the big tech social media platforms “de-platformed” a President of the United States and denied Donald Trump his media connection of choice at a critical time.