Cases filed at High Court last month - as inquiry announces it will restart with remote hearings on February 8

Thirteen civil court cases against 22 firms and organisations including architect Studio E have been launched by Grenfell Tower survivors and relatives of the victims.

The cases were filed at the High Court in London last month following the June 2017 blaze, which claimed the lives of 72 people.


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The inquiry into the 2017 blaze is set to resume next month

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) for the tower have been named as being among the series of defendants.

Others who have had claims filed against them include materials suppliers Kingspan, Arconic and Celotex as well main contractor on the refurbishment, Rydon and subcontractor Harley Facades as well as project architect Studio E.

The Home Office and housing ministry have also been listed.

Meanwhile, the council and TMO have filed separate claims against Arconic and domestic appliance company Whirlpool – the US manufacturer of the Hotpoint fridge-freezer which is understood to have sparked the blaze. The claim against Whirlpool has been made against its Polish arm.

Arconic made the polyethylene-filled aluminium composite panels that were the main cause of the spread of the fire.

The council and TMO lodged their claims just before Christmas.

The ongoing Grenfell Inquiry, which was forced into an early Christmas break by one of the team testing positive for covid, is due to resume next month after the current lockdown delayed its planned resumption last week.

Yesterday afternoon the inquiry issued a statement saying it would resume hearings on Febuary 8, but via a ”Zoom-based video platform” that would allow all those who would have been required to be onsite for the limited attendance hearings to participate from remote locations.

The statement said remote hearings were a ”temporary measure to be used only for as long as is absolutely necessary”.