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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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Eversheds plans to double the size of its Cambridge office within 12 months due to the boom in knowledge-based industries. By April 2002, the firm expects to have 60 lawyers in Cambridge working in refurbished offices, which are due to open early next year. Ian Shann, managing partner of Eversheds’ Eastern England offices, says: “We […]

Lex Mundi appoints three firms

Global referral network Lex Mundi is adding three new member firms to its number. The appointments are Cerha Hempel & Spiegelfeld in Austria, Maclay Murray & Spens in Scotland and Cains in the Isle of Man. The decision to appoint new members came after the Freshfields-Bruckhaus Westrick Heller Löber merger last year. Bruckhaus had been […]

The long overhaul

The court system in Ireland is facing up to the need for a major overhaul. The current litigation process is hampered by serious delay, bad organisation and the cumulative effect of an ageing court structure that has seen little change since it was established in 1924. The model for reform is obviously the radical overhaul […]

DTI report slams CC over Mirror Group float

Clifford Chance takes brunt of criticism; Linklaters’ responsibility ‘limited’ Clifford Chance has been heavily criticised by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) report into Robert Maxwell’s business empire for its part in producing an “inaccurate and misleading” float prospectus. The firm is one of a host of City institutions to come under fire in […]

The price of luxury

Corporate battles often make the headlines, but in the case of LVMH and Pinault-Printemps-Redoute (PPR), it got personal. LVMH is owned by Bernard Arnault, whose empire includes Givenchy, Krug and perfume giants Chaumet and Christian Dior. His arch rival Francois Pinault owns PPR, which comprises the Printemps store group and the La Redoute mail order […]

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