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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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Reed Smith and Richards Butler vote in favour of merger

The partnerships at the UK’s Richards Butler and US firm Reed Smith last night voted to confirm the merger between the two firms. Both votes were carried with an overwhelming majority. Between 98 and 99 per cent of the partnerships voted in favour of the merger. Richards Butler needed just two-thirds to vote in favour […]

Great expectations

While Dubai’s new Collective Investment Law sets a high standard for asset managers, there is a danger that bigger firms could benefit at the expense of smaller players, argue Roderick Palmer and Scott Gibson The new Collective Investment Law (CIL), recently enacted in the Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), aims to provide the legislative framework […]

Pinsents’ pedant

Calling a partner at Pinsent Masons last week, one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes managed to unearth the world’s most pedantic PA. The hack was in mid flow, explaining that the story he was working on involved “Pinsents” when the dear lady butted in to say the name of the firm was actually “Pinsent Masons”. After a […]

Lords scraps PI claim time limit

The House of Lords has overturned the law on time limitations for personal injury cases, reversing a previous Lords decision that had stood for 25 years. The Lords reversed the Walkley v Precision Forging decision of 1979, meaning the Court of Appeal can now use its discretion in applying a three-year time limit on personal […]

Olympic Delivery Authority announces legal panel

Berwin Leighton Paisner, Clifford Chance, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Pinsent Masons have been appointed to the Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) legal panel. The firms were chosen from a shortlist of 15 by a panel headed up by the ODA’s interim finance director David Leather. The selection process was fast-tracked, with […]

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