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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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Campaign targets equality for gay couples

Gay and lesbian lawyers are launching a campaign to get homosexual couples recognised in law. Using their legal skills, they will argue that homosexual couples be given the same partnership status as heterosexual couples. This includes pension rights for homosexual couples, the right to inherit council properties from deceased partners and the right to be […]

New Irish judges

Solicitors in Ireland have been appointed as judges for the first time after decades of campaigning. Three solicitors have been chosen in this year’s round of judicial appointments: Michael White, of Michael D White & Co, Frank O’Donnell, of Bell Branigan O’Donnell & O’Brien, and John Buckley, of Beauchamps. The Law Society welcomed the appointments […]

In brief: Isle of Man wins limited liability law race

The Isle of Man has beaten Jersey to the statute books with a limited liability law aimed at attracting professional partnerships. Its Limited Liability Companies Act was granted Royal Assent on 7 July, while Jersey’s law allowing limited partnerships is not expected to become law until the end of this year. The Act allows the […]

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A Bar to practice?

The Law Society has become increasingly concerned about the restrictions imposed by the American legal system on UK solicitors who wish to practise in the US. Accordingly, it has arranged a meeting with leading members of the American Bar Association during the group’s annual meeting in August to discuss how to deal with the problems […]

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