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Proposed ban on flammable cladding – An update

By Adrian Mansbridge Following Dame Hackitt’s Review of the Building Regulations and Fire Safety the government announced that it would consult on banning flammable cladding. The consultation closed on 14 August 2018 and the housing secretary announced at the Conservative Party Conference that the ban would be brought forward.

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By Frank John Vrolijk, Aurélie Mingels On 9 November 2018, the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS) informed the House of Representatives about the developments regarding the contracting process for care provision. The minister expresses his displeasure at the growth in the supply of non-contracted care in GGZ care and district nursing where this is […]

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Now is the time to invest in companies that make small furniture! The 2 1 City of Westminster in the City Plan 2019- 2040 has suggested that new developments and conversions will (unless necessary to protect a heritage asset) not be allowed to provide units of greater than 150 sq m (1,615 sq ft) to […]

Survey: Brexit will have a greater impact on the UK than 2008 crash

By Robin Henry In a recent survey by law firm Collyer Bristow of 200 senior decision makers at firms based in London, 80% stated that they believe that Brexit will have a greater impact on the UK economy than the financial crisis of 2007 – 2008. Interestingly that fell to 64% in the banking and financial […]

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Elizabeth Davidson reports TEESIDE firm Jacksons – whose attempted merger with Liverpool’s Weightmans and London firm Kennedys fell through last month – is co-ordinating an Internet legal hotline for 12 North East firms. Jacksons is currently in the process of an IT overhaul which has cost the firm more than £600,000 – and which also […]

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Solcare came about largely through the efforts of former Law Society president Charles Elly. It was Elly, president in 1994, who pushed the issue to the forefront of the legal profession. The arrival of Barry Pritchard as Solcare co-ordinator gave the organisation the credibility it needed. This is in part because Pritchard, a former Bournemouth […]

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