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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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Legacy SJ Berwin HK partner joins Stephenson Harwood

The newly combined Hong Kong office of King & Wood Mallesons and SJ Berwin has seen the first legacy SJ Berwin partner departure, as litigation partner Giovanna Kwong leaves for Stephenson Harwood. Kwong will join Stephenson Harwood as a partner in its litigation team in Hong Kong. She advises financial institutions and pharmaceutical, corporate and […]

Construction & Engineering Guide — December 2013

Developments in technology have revolutionised the way in which business is conducted. The increasing use of cloud services, mobile devices and social media has led to a dramatic rise in the volume of day-to-day business communication. The quantity of electronic documents that is now created can, however, become problematic in the context of disputes that […]

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Ukraine: Look both ways

Legal work is on hold as the country fights it out over whether its future lies with Russia or the EU The sight of a mass demonstration against the government is nothing new in Ukraine. In 2004 the so-called Orange Revolution was sparked by allegations of vote-rigging by the winner of the presidential election, Viktor […]

Hampton Bishop Parish Council v Herefordshire Council

The claim revolved around the grant of planning permission for a new rugby club and the construction of 200 homes. The claimant sought to quash the decision on the grounds that it had been made unlawfully. The claim was dismissed. Hinckinbottom J noted that the ‘claim raises important issues relating to the principles of planning […]

Saving defective notices: when a non-specific letter can be a termination notice

Paul Scott In Vivergo Fuels Ltd v Redhall Engineering Solutions Ltd, the Technology and Construction Court found that a letter could constitute a valid notice notifying a breach even if it did not expressly refer to the relevant contractual provisions. It is a generally accepted principle that minor defects in a notice will not necessarily […]

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