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The catastrophic events of the evening of 14 June 2017 which led to the tragic loss of 71 lives at Grenfell Tower has cast a spotlight on the system relating to the design, construction and maintenance of high-rise and complex buildings. In the wake of the disaster, the government announced an independent review of building […]

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Just last week Beachcroft senior partner Simon Hodson was jubilant about the firm’s 18 per cent rise in turnover at the half-year stage. He attributed the result to the firm’s recent investment and a demonstration of what converting to a limited-liability partnership can do. Hodson said: “In the absence of walking into a brick wall, […]

Macfarlanes plumps for tailored BPP course

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