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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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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has won the battle to take over UK airports operator BAA. Spanish construction group Ferrovial, advised by Freshfields, emerged as the winning bidder last week after the BAA board recommended its 950p-per-share cash offer. The offer values BAA at £10.11bn. The Goldman Sachs-led consortium, which includes AIG, Canada’s Borealis and Australia’s Commonwealth […]

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High-profile media lawyer Keith Schilling found that his reputation carried no weight with a High Court judge as he lost an appeal over the costs awarded in DJ Sara Cox’s privacy case. Mr Justice Eady dismissed Schilling’s attempts to claim a 95 per cent success fee and hourly rates of £450 for Cox’s successful 2001 […]

Proskauer mulls Dublin but seriously considers London

US firm Proskauer Rose’s hunt for a European base appeared to move a step closer with visits last month to the UK and Ireland by two of the firm’s senior partners. The sighting in particular of managing partner Allen Fagin in Dublin sparked talk among local lawyers that the firm was considering launching an office […]

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