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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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Leslie Perrin is managing partner of Osborne Clarke. He can be contacted at leslie.perrin@osborneclarke.com The One Stop Shop – doncha just love it! There must be some recurring viral dysfunction which causes this crapulous idea to be periodically revived just when civilisation thought it had, like smallpox, been eradicated. If anyone can think of a […]

Clifford Chance offers one-stop EC dispute shop

Clifford Chance is offering clients a one-stop shop for competition disputes with the European Commission. The move is the brainchild of Chris Bright, the partner poached by Clifford Chance from rivals Linklaters. The multidisciplinary teams are made up of lawyers, economists and public affairs consultants who handle all aspects of transactions that have fallen foul […]

Clyde & Co builds on Dubai presence

CLYDE & Co is sending two high-profile partners to its Dubai office to boost the firm’s Middle East presence. Alec Emmerson, the firm’s former head of credit and political risk group insurance, is replacing David Reynolds as senior litigation manager in Dubai. Anthony Garrod, who helped found Clyde & Co’s business law group, is moving […]

Davenports takes trio in image shift

Davenport Lyons, the leading media and entertainment practice, has poached three lawyers as it attempts to throw off its image as a niche firm. All three will join the firm as partners. Intellectual property and technology specialist David Marchese joins from Richards Butler, corporate and M&A lawyer Rebecca Ferguson moves from Herbert Smith and Jonathan […]

Simmons boosts energy with Herbert Smith poach

SIMMONS & Simmons is poaching an oil and gas senior assistant from leading energy firm Herbert Smith, but is losing an equity partner to Richards Butler. Susan Beck, who is a barrister and a solicitor and has worked in-house in the energy industry, joins Simmons’ 11-partner energy group on 1 November. Beck is the former […]

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