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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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UK charity in fight to free Guantánamo’s British residents

George W Bush has sought to portray the US-led ‘war on terror’ as a struggle for democratic values, yet for the past four years the US has held 480 men in Guantánamo Bay without trial. Only 10 have even been charged with a crime. Nineteen-year-old Mohammed El Gharani, seized at age 14 from a Karachi […]

French firms make presence felt in China

French firm Gide Loyrette Nouel has continued its push into Asia by launching an office in Hong Kong. The firm is now fully operational in Hong Kong after successfully securing an operating licence earlier this year. It already has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hanoi, with about 10 per cent of the firm’s 640 lawyers […]

Don’t Bank on China

It’s hoped that China’s accession into the WTO should prove lucrative for foreign organisations The 2006 year has been branded the ‘Year of the Bank’. Indeed, on the fifth anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Chinese banking sector is expected to undergo a revolutionary transformation. As part of China’s WTO […]

Freshfields launches Pac-Man defence for EMI

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has scooped an instruction to advise EMI as its larger rival Warner Music launches a counter-bid for the UK music company. Known as the Pac-Man defence, Warner Music, which received a bid approach from EMI on 3 May, launched a bid for its smaller rival on 14 June. Warner Music’s initial alternative […]

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