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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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High Court backs multi-party actions

Roger Pearson says a failed attempt to derail two class actions could have major implications for similar cases in the future. Moves which could have resulted either in the striking out of two major High Court damages actions over leaks from a chemical factory or in their being swept into the relative obscurity of a […]

Litigation Writs 13/1/98

Architect Peter Verity is suing his employers for close to £200,000 in allegedly unpaid salary. Verity, of London SW5, has issued a writ claiming £195,400 from Robert Nation and Karl Fender, who trade as Nation Fender Architects. Verity is also seeking interest of £17,257 and continuing interest of £39.67 a day, as well as damages […]

The Lawyer Inquiry: Paul Woolf

Paul Woolf was born in Stoke Newington in 1950. He is a partner at Manches & Co. What was your first job? Packing and delivering shirts for Rael Brook. What was your first ever salary as a lawyer? #5 per week gross. What would you have done if you hadn’t been a lawyer? A stand-up […]

Fury at 'inaccurate' LAB pilot feedback

Criminal law firm Tuckers’ business manager Brian Craig has criticised the Legal Aid Board (LAB) for sending firms participating in the criminal law block contracting pilot “inaccurate” feedback, owing to computing problems. The LAB sent participating firms its first progress report on the pilot last week – almost five months after the scheme started in […]

Crossing the floor

Matheu Swallow talks audience rights with Julian Wilson, the barrister backing the growth of city advocates. Next week the results on the review of the rights of audience are due for publication by the Lord Chancellor’s Department (LCD). While the large majority of bar members have vociferously opposed challenges to their status, one lone voice […]

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