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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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Strategic decisions

Patrick Stewart says that the shift towards a more business-oriented legal market has increased the competitive pressure on Australian firms. Patrick Stewart is a freelance journalist. At the start of the year, Arthur Andersen threw down a challenge to Australia’s legal establishment when it announced plans to expand its ranks of lawyers from 90 to […]

In-house lawyers look to the future

A survey of in-house lawyers provides a stern request for firms to keep up with developments in IT, writes Ben Kent IN-HOUSE legal departments are embracing new technology quickly – and they want law firms to be more innovative in their use of IT. That is the message from a survey of 300 legal decision […]

African gold mine' solicitor struck off

A LONDON solicitor struck off for offering to shred documents in return for shares worth millions of Canadian dollars has claimed that he was set up by a “wicked individual” in “surreal” and “corrupt” circumstances. At the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal on 26 March, Martin Boston, formerly of West End practice Martin Boston & Co, denied […]

Flotation

Greg Scott of Memery Crystal advised human resource consulting company AdVal on its admission to the Alternative Investment Market and the associated £1.55m placing.

Significant progress on pro bono front

Clifford Chance’s expected appointment of a full-time administrator to co-ordinate its pro bono programme is a further positive development on the pro bono front. Lovell White Durrant has already taken a similar step with its recruitment last year of a lawyer in this area of practice, while Linklaters is planning a similar appointment in the […]

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