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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.

Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport improves contracting process for healthcare

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 […]

Downsizing?..There may be no choice

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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Outrage over health sector PFI legal fees

Health minister Alan Milburn has launched an attack on the “exorbitant” fees of lawyers and financial advisers to NHS trusts on Private Finance Initiative projects. In a speech last week, he revealed that NHS trusts had so far paid £30m in fees to legal and financial advisers on PFI schemes, yet not a single major […]

Nicholson Graham & Jones pulls cider marketing man

City firm Nicholson Graham & Jones has recruited Andy Nash, the man credited with building Taunton Cider’s brands, such as Dry Blackthorn, as non-executive director to advise it on marketing strategy. Nash was commercial director at Taunton Cider and part of the successful launch of its premium brands in the early 1990s. When Matthew Clark […]

Former LAB employee offers legal aid advice

A FORMER Legal Aid Board (LAB) manager has set himself up as a legal aid franchise consultant to coach firms which want to compete for franchises. After 10 years working as area manager of Manchester’s LAB, Geoff Thompson’s first test will be to secure a legal aid franchise for Manchester firm Abney Garsden McDonald. Thompson, […]

IBA report slams state of Kenyan judiciary

The International Bar Association last week released a damning report on the Kenyan legal system’s continuing problems and the lack of independence enjoyed by the country’s judiciary. The 43-page report was launched in London by Sir William Goodhart QC, who led a mission to Kenya last November on behalf of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute. […]

Joined at the hip

The 160-partner mega-merger… to form the UK’s eighth largest law firm. This opening statement is spliced together from two front page lead stories in The Lawyer. The first appeared on 18 February 1987 and describes the merger of City firms Clifford Turner and Coward Chance to form Clifford Chance. The second appeared 10 years later […]

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