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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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Electrifying deal

Freshfields has been appointed as the legal adviser to the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand for phase one of the privatisation of its thermal power plants. Shares in the privatised power companies are expected to be floated initially on the Thai stock market in 1997. Freshfields will be coordinating the work from its office in […]

Lloyds' new protectors begin review

Lloyds has gathered a task force of the great and good from inside and outside the insurance market to review regulatory procedures in the wake of its reconstruction and renewal programme. One of two outsiders in the 13-strong regulatory review group is John Kennedy, a former senior partner at Allen & Overy, a director of […]

Financing

Ashurst Morris Crisp acted for Bankers Trust Company and a syndicate of banks providing IR£400m loan facilities to Independent Newspapers to finance a bid offer for New Zealand newspaper company Wilson and Horton.

A knight into battle

Sir James Goldsmith is heading for a High Court libel confrontation with Euro MP Glyn Ford. Sir James is seeking damages from Ford over a piece headed “Today your love, tomorrow the world” which appeared in Tribune at the beginning of the month and another piece headed “Fears over nasty link to Sir James” which […]

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