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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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Bird & Bird to advise Prison Service on IT contract work

Top IT firm Bird & Bird is advising the Prison Service on a major procurement project to computerise all prisons in England and Wales. The Prison Service has awarded the contract to provide the information technology to Electronic Data Systems, which is being advised by its in-house team. Electronic Data is also using Clifford Chance […]

Weightmans loses top partner to Addleshaws

Weightmans is losing its Manchester head of professional indemnity to Addleshaw Booth & Co as the firm undergoes a strategic review of its business. Highly-rated partner Mike Grant is leaving insurance specialist Weightmans after four years to join Addleshaws’ litigation and dispute resolution department in Manchester. The departure comes at a time when Liverpool-based Weightmans […]

Looking after the pupils

Lord Bingham’s ruling that the minimum wage does not apply to pupil barristers should not send a negative message to prospective students of the bar (The Lawyer, 13 March). In any event most chambers pay pupils considerably more than the minimum wage. Immediately after last week’s ruling, I commented that it was perhaps time for […]

Mullins quits as SIF managing director

Elizabeth Mullins, managing director at the Solicitors Indemnity Fund (Sif), is resigning just six months before the company is due to close. Mullins, who has been with Sif for 16 years and managing director for three, is believed to have resigned last week. It was expected that Mull-ins would continue as part of the joint […]

Macfarlanes wins work on £2bn Rover sell-off

Macfarlanes has won a contract to advise on the £2bn sale of Rover Cars to venture capitalists Alchemy. The deal, which comes just a month after it was appointed Alchemy’s principal legal adviser, covers the acquisition of the former British car manufacturer and Longbridge plant from German car giant BMW. Charles Martin, Macfarlanes commercial partner, […]

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