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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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“SUPPORT the forces of darkness in July”, was one of the new Law Society president’s more tongue-in-cheek electoral battle cries. “The nice chaps have tried and failed. It is time to give the mean men a chance,” Martin Mears wrote in the May edition of the independent magazine he edits, Anglian Lawyer. Many council members […]

SBL in dismissal row

THE SOCIETY of Black Lawyers is embroiled in a legal dispute with a senior ex-staff member who was dismissed. Former administrator Sonia Grant is set to take the Brixton-based organisation to an industrial tribunal claiming unfair dismissal. Makbool Javaid, society chair, claims Grant was dismissed following a number of complaints about how the body’s headquarters […]

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Lewis Silkin acted for RTZ subsidiary Borax Consolidated Ltd on the sale of Borax House, SW1, for £7.5 million. Allen & Overy acted for purchaser Schroder Exempt Property Unit Trust.

In brief: Crown Court judges in pre-trial hearings?

Home Secretary Michael Howard is proposing to allow Crown Court judges to hear pre-trial arguments from prosecution and defence counsel before calling a jury. Judges at present have no powers to make binding rulings at pre-trial hearings and have to interrupt trials to hear arguments in the absence of the jury. Under the proposals, which […]

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