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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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In brief: Forsters

Forsters. Last week it was stated that Forsters was formerly known as Frere Chomeley Bischoff (FCB). We would like to clarify that although the 11 partners who formed Forsters last August were formerly at FCB, the main firm actually merged with Eversheds.

In brief: The Lawyer and LAWTEL

The Lawyer and LAWTEL are launching an online service, Civil Procedure Interactive, which provides latest versions of the rules, schedules, pre-action protocols and practice directions, with commentary by Simmons & Simmons. The latest cases and articles on the application of the rules will be available online the day after judgment or publication. Civil Procedure Interactive […]

Apil launches personal injury law college

A new college of personal injury law is to be set up with the aim of improving the quality of public service and on-going training among personal injury lawyers. The college, to be launched on 5 May, is the latest move by a sector group to introduce quality controls in preparation for the Access to […]

Govt to replace clause one

The Government is planning to replace clause one of the Access to Justice Bill with a “vague” new objectives clause which does not guarantee equal access to justice, The Lawyer can reveal. The Government plans to scrap the clause as the Bill goes through its Committee stage in the Commons and insert a new one, […]

Report calls for big hike in PI awards

A new Law Commission report calling for the level of damages for non-pecuniary loss to be doubled in some serious personal injury cases has been hailed as “excellent news” by a leading City lawyer. The report claims that damages for matters such as pain and suffering and the loss of enjoyment of life are too […]

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