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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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Whitfield quits BT for KLegal telecoms team

British Telecommunication’s (BT) group general counsel Alan Whitfield is leaving to join KPMG law firm KLegal. Whitfield has been head of the legal department at BT since 1995, having joined the group 20 years ago. He will join KLegal in June as a partner in its telecoms group. The move is a blow to BT, […]

Lester Aldridge launches in Southampton

South coast firm Lester Aldridge has fulfilled its long-term expansion ambitions with the opening of a new office in Southampton. The Southampton office houses the firm’s new marine division, called LA Marine, as well as corporate recovery and planning teams. It will eventually provide a full commercial law service. Sixteen fee-earners have relocated from the […]

Eversheds beats Hammonds to Magic Moments contract

Hammond Suddards Edge has lost out to Eversheds’ Nottingham office on acting for Magic Moments Internet on its acquisition of German-based One 2 One Advertising and Telecommunications. The AIM-listed internet company, soon to change its name to Host Europe, is a long-term client of Hammonds’ Manchester office. However, Eversheds won the work after undergoing a […]

A&O scoops Cravath star to boost NY

Allen & Overy (A&O) is dramatically increasing its New York presence, spearheading its expansion with a new senior partner from Cravath Swaine & Moore. Leading M&A and derivatives lawyer Daniel Cunningham is joining the firm to help bring to fruition plans to increase the office’s size by 300 per cent. He is believed to be […]

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