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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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Legal aid contracting to face judicial review

The two-partner firm, which specialises in mental health and community care law, claims Lord Irvine’s plan to allow only law firms with contracts to practice legal aid work is illegal. Yesterday, in a case backed by the Law Society, Mr Justice Latham gave the green light for the issue to be judicially reviewed. The contracting […]

Rolling with the punches

In the past few years the bar has faced growing criticism, a drastic drop in workload and the increasing threat of solicitor-advocates. Matheu Swallow reports on how the commercial bar is fighting back The commercial bar is attempting to fight back against the tide of criticism and apocryphal tales of woe that it and the […]

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Jack Straw looks set for more confrontation as rebellious backbenchers continue debating his not-quite Freedom of Information Bill.

Criminal courts face radical overhaul

Every aspect, from wigs to Latin names and from magistrates’ roles to judges’ working practices is to be examined and revamped in a bid to speed up justice in the criminal courts. Barristers who take too long cross-examining witnesses will be curbed, and Lord Irvine said he wants to move away from the “no blame […]

UK bail laws breach human rights

The Commission today released a report which recommends three key changes to our existing bail laws to ensure compliance with the ECHR. The three offending provisions of the Bail Act 1976 are those that: * forbid a court granting bail to those charged with murder, manslaughter or rape save in exceptional circumstances * remove the […]

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