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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 […]

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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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LAWYERS defending Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, former president of Malawi, have raised serious doubts over whether he or other defendants charged with the 1983 murders of four politicians will ever receive a fair trial. Memery Crystal partners Bernard Clarke and Harvey Rands, who were instructed to act for Banda and two of the five other […]

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