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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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In brief: Eversheds, Birmingham recruits from rivals

Eversheds’ Birmingham office has hired two partners from national rivals. Commercial property partner Mike O’Sullivan is joining from Edge Ellison and insurance partner Geoff Owen is joining from Dibb Lupton Alsop. Meanwhile another Dibbs’ partner, David Maples, is leaving the firm’s Manchester office to join the Liverpool office of Berrymans Lace Mawer.

Rural areas left out in the cold by new fixed fee proposals

Philip Dry says that in an over-zealous attempt to obtain value for money, the Government has disregarded the issue of access to justice. People would be well advised not to commit a crime on the Hebridean island of North Uist – which, of course, would always be the best advice. If they did, however, they […]

Conditional fees in family law branded 'repugnant'

Family lawyers are outraged at the Government’s decision to open family law up to conditional fees agreements (CFAs), describing it as “unworkable” and “ridiculous”. Partners in the UK’s top family law firms said such changes were “anti-family” and they had no idea they were being contemplated. The Government’s White Paper on modernising justice, released by […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Geoff Lord

Geoff Lord was born in Cheshire in 1947. He was the senior partner at Elliott & Co’s London office which joined Kennedys in March of this year. What was your first job? Taking nuts off bolts and putting different nuts on, aged 12-13. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? £5 per week […]

Dibbs associate denies al-Muhajiroun link

DIBB Lupton Alsop associate Makbool Javaid has accused an extreme Islamic group of exaggerating his links with it in order to gain credibility. Javaid, who is still discussing his future with senior partners at Dibbs, hit the headlines last month because of his alleged close involvement with the London-based al-Muhajiroun group, which supports the international […]

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