Firms involved in the refurbishment of Grenfell Tower have expressed "no trace of responsibility" for the catastrophic fire, despite experts saying the work failed to comply with building regulations, an inquiry has heard.
The second phase of the investigation into the disaster opened on Monday and will consider how the high-rise block came to be wrapped in flammable cladding, which phase one found was the main reason for the rapid spread of flames.
Counsel to the inquiry Richard Millett QC said in his opening remarks:
Mr Millett told chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick he should bear in mind a conclusion reached in the first part of the inquiry, that work "did not comply with certain key aspects of the building regulations".
The lead architect for the refurbishment, Studio E, said it "did not have any knowledge that the products used on the tower were unsafe" and called itself a "conscientious, ethical, and responsible" firm.
In a statement to the inquiry, it said:
The second stage of the investigation comes after a member of the inquiry panel resigned, after she was linked to a charitable arm of the firm which supplied the tower block's deadly cladding.