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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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The Law Lords are to consider the case of two insurance companies which, after agreeing to pay out £1m on a claim against them in respect of a factory fire, were then also ordered to pay a further £250,000 costs. The claim was mounted on the basis of third-party liability provisions in a home contents […]

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The three member firms of the Scandinavian Law Alliance are scheduled to meet in Copenhagen in the middle of the month to look at ways of revitalising the alliance. According to a source, the firms Sweden’s Vinge, Denmark’s Kromann & Munter and Norway’s Thomessen Krefting Greve Lund will hold a “strategy meeting” to reassess their […]

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