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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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Denton Hall advised the Equitable Life Assurance Society on selling a 15-year lease on 238,000sqft of its speculative Hemel distribution centre to Gillette UK. Gillette was advised by Simmons & Simmons. Leeds firm McGuinness Finch advised Gazeley Properties on providing £26m funding to Equitable for the scheme.

Litigation Disciplinary Tribunals 10/06/97

Robert Ian Corteen, 42, admitted 1985, practising at material time in partnership of Lewis & Dick of Ewell and Sutton, struck off and ordered to pay £980 costs. Allegations substantiated he was convicted at Snaresbrook Crown Court in July 1996 of 10 counts of procuring execution of a valuable security by deception, and was jailed […]

The road to recovery

While practices found 1993 the bleakest year of the decade, with a 20 per cent fall in profits and typical profit per partner dropping from 1991’s £100,000 to £72,000, 1994 looked more promising. Commercial property lawyers were in demand, and although a number of City firms, including Titmuss Sainer Dechert and Denton Hall, cut staff, […]

In brief: Law Society aims to restrict conveyancing

Conveyancing solicitors should be restricted in acting for both building societies and borrowers, the Law Society will be proposing later this month. The Law Society Council last week resolved to consult the profession on amending its regulations so that joint representation of borrower and lender will only be permitted where the instructions for the lender […]

Putting trust in authority

Since the mid-1980s, social and financial problems have been adversely affecting the functions and services offered by local councils. At worst, they have resorted to stringent cuts that produce a barrage of complaints from taxpayers and corresponding bad press. At best, these organisations have sought alternative routes for financing various public services and amenities. One […]

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