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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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Bar talk

Did Naomi Campbell’s ‘successful’ litigation against The Mirror pave the way for a new law of privacy? Is ‘privacy law’ just a new term for breach of confidence? And how many times have you read these sentences in the last two months?Probably hundreds, because privacy is all media lawyers in private practice are talking about […]

Shearmans lands CC competition ace

Shearman & Sterling has taken on Clifford Chance senior associate and French competition law expert Jean-Mathieu Cot Cot’s move follows Clifford Chance‘s raid on Herbert Smith’s Paris office, which saw highly-rated competition partners Claude Lazarus and Michel Debroux defect to Clifford Chance.Cot, who is dual-qualified in French and US law, will join Shearmans as European […]

Glencore-Metro dispute wraps up

What do you get when you combine some missing oil with the collapse of a floating oil storage facility?

Deals summary

Speechly Bircham (Nick Janmohamed, Andrew Collins, Trevor Bettany) advised Applied Psychology Research on its £2.6m acquisition of the assets of Smartlogik Group. Smartlogik advised in-house (Rachel Bastin) and by Theodore Goddard. Baker & McKenzie (James Richards, Phil Suse) advised Management Consulting Group on its £37.7m acquisition of Parson Group. Parson Group advised by Katten Muchin […]

Firm conviction

In a world where parner loyalty is fading fast, SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel is a rarity indeed. Kathryn Hobbs meets the ‘face’ of the firm SJ Berwin senior partner David Harrel’s reputation precedes him. According to any number of sources, the chain-smoking long-term head honcho is a force to be reckoned with. A […]

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