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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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Group pushes for relaxation of dogs Act

The Law Society has safeguarded its discretion over when to compensate victims of dishonest solicitors, following a successful appeal which it says “entirely vindicated” its policies. In December the Court of Appeal held the Law Society was not obliged to compensate mortgage lenders defrauded by dishonest solicitors when the losses were caused principally by inflated […]

Courts rise to the challenge

Although the legal system is frequently criticised for its slowness, when the necessity arises the courts do have a quick response mechanism. This has been illustrated recently by the unusual case in the High Court Family Division of an expectant mother whose chronic terror of needles stood in the way of her receiving potentially life […]

In brief: Managing partner for Birmingham office

Banking lawyer John Hughes has been appointed managing partner of Needham & James’ Birmingham office. Hughes joined the practice from rival Dibb Lupton Broomhead (now Dibb Lupton Alsop) in December 1995. He succeeds Keith James, who will continue to practise as a partner in the firm. Needham & James, which is based in Stratford upon […]

Insuring everybody's access to justice

The debate about legal aid rumbles on. Commitments are few, platitudes are plenty, but of solutions there are none. For those who have a continuing and sincere interest in access to justice, after stripping out all question of vested interests, the position is dire. Leaving aside, for one minute, those who do qualify for legal […]

QBD to pilot applications by video link

Lawyers throughout the country may be able to make applications to the Queen’s Bench by video conference if a pilot scheme is successful. Under a scheme designed to save expensive and time-consuming trips to court, lawyers on the Northern Circuit will soon be able to make applications to Queen’s Bench Masters by video conference. If […]

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