Alerter by Tim Green QC and Douglas Maxwell – Building Safety Bill Receives Royal Assent – Henderson Chambers

Posted May 19th, 2022 in bills, building law, defective premises, news, regulations by sally

‘On 29 April 2022, the Building Safety Bill received Royal Assent and has become the Building Safety Act 2022 (the “BSA”). The BSA gives effect to policies set out in the Government response to the “Building a Safer Future” consultation, and Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim and final report undertaken as part of an independent review of building regulations and fire safety.’

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Henderson Chambers, 3rd May 2022

Source: www.hendersonchambers.co.uk

New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 35 – Judicial Review and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 33 – Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Act 2022

2022 c. 31 – Health and Care Act 2022

2022 c. 30 – Building Safety Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Litigation Costs – is the sky really the limit? – Mills & Reeve

Posted February 24th, 2022 in building law, case management, contracts, costs, disclosure, news by sally

‘The recent case of The Sky’s the Limit Transformation Ltd v Dr Mohammed Mirza [2022] outlines a judge’s view as to a way forward in resolving domestic building disputes in a time and cost effective manner.’

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Mills & Reeve, 23rd February 2022

Source: www.mills-reeve.com

TCC severs adjudicator’s decision – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted January 20th, 2022 in building law, construction industry, dispute resolution, news, set-off by tracey

‘I appreciate that not everyone will agree but, as well as striving to get to the right answer, correctly applying the law, and so on, most adjudicators also want to provide the parties with a decision that is ultimately enforceable by the TCC. I think I also speak for most adjudicators when I say that it comes as somewhat of a relief when we read a judgment on BAILII or the like and we’ve been enforced.

But what about cases where only part of the decision is enforced, and the other part is severed? It is arguable that for the adjudicator it is, to use the language of the Black Knight in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “just a flesh wound”. However, I can attest to the fact that it is frustrating, having been one of the first adjudicators to be severed back in 2012 in Beck Interiors v UK Flooring Contractors. I was thoroughly annoyed with myself for getting it wrong and only part of my decision was enforced (but I was assured by my peers that “tis but a scratch”).’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 19th January 2022

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Research Briefing: New-build housing: construction defects – issues and solutions (England) – House of Commons Library

Posted January 18th, 2022 in building law, construction industry, consumer protection, housing, news by tracey

‘New-build housing: construction defects – issues and solutions (England).’

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House of Commons Library, 17th January 2022

Source: commonslibrary.parliament.uk

Building safety regulations give industry clarity ahead of new legislation – OUT-LAW.com

Posted October 22nd, 2021 in bills, building law, construction industry, health & safety, housing, news, regulations by sally

‘The UK government has published several draft regulations designed to give parliamentarians a better idea of how the Building Safety Bill will be implemented.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 21st October 2021

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

Court blocks removal of Serpentine boathouse – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 23rd, 2021 in building law, contracts, news, parks by tracey

‘A High Court judge has backed the Royal Parks in its battle to stop the removal of a boathouse on the north bank of the Serpentine lake in London’s Hyde Park. The ruling hinged on the question of whether a wooden structure erected by the operator of rowing and pedal boats forms part of Hyde Park and therefore belongs to the Crown.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 23rd August 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘We’re being gaslighted’: Leaseholders given huge bills despite government claim their flats are safe – The Independent

Posted August 23rd, 2021 in building law, fire, health & safety, housing, leases, news, repairs by tracey

‘Homeowners in low-rise apartment blocks are being told they must hand over life-changing sums because their flats could go up in flames, even though the government has claimed the buildings pose “no systemic risk” and don’t need to be fixed.’

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The Independent, 22nd August 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

“A question of liability” – Sir Robert Akenhead and David Johnson for Building Magazine – Atkin Chambers

Posted August 10th, 2021 in building law, contracts, exclusion clauses, news by sally

‘The recent decision in Mott vs Trant suggests the courts are unwilling to overrule clauses that exclude or limit liability, writes Sir Robert Akenhead, with assistance from David Johnson.’

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Atkin Chambers, 4th August 2021

Source: www.atkinchambers.com

Building Safety Bill – Commons Library Research Briefing

‘Second Reading of the Building Safety Bill (Bill 132 of 2021-22) is expected to take place on Wednesday 21 July.’

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House of Commons Library, 16th July 2021

Source: commonslibrary.parliament.uk

Proposed changes to the Defective Premises Act – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted July 14th, 2021 in bills, building law, compensation, construction industry, housing, news, time limits by tracey

‘Many changes have been introduced since Grenfell to address the cladding crisis including the establishment of various loans, funds, plans for new regulators, new taxes, levies and new rules to govern building safety throughout the lifetime of a building.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 13th July 2021

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Volume of laws makes it impossible for local authorities to enforce them, warn private landlords – Local Government Lawyer

‘Private landlords have complained that there will be 168 pieces of legislation governing their relations with tenants once the new Building Safety Bill passes through Parliament.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th July 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Grenfell bereaved and survivors bring multimillion pound case to high court – The Guardian

‘More than 800 bereaved and survivors from Grenfell Tower and 102 firefighters are seeking up to tens of millions of pounds in compensation from organisations involved in the disastrous refurbishment in a case that reaches the high court on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

The Building Safety Bill – Nearly Legal

‘This is, so we have been repeatedly told, the vehicle through which the government will save leaseholders from having to pay life-changing sums to remediate the fire safety defects which are so prevalent at blocks of flats across the country. The headline is that it does not do that (nor does it contain the details of the much delayed loan scheme). To the contrary, this Bill creates a bespoke process by which landlords of “higher-risk” buildings can recover their building safety costs even if their leases do not let them do so.’

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Nearly Legal, 5th July 2021

Source: nearlylegal.co.uk

Grenfell prompts creation of building safety regulator – BBC News

Posted July 5th, 2021 in bills, building law, fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘A new regulator will be set up with the power to prosecute property developers that do not meet safety standards, the government has announced.’

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BBC News, 5th July 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Leasehold high-rise flats: who pays for fire safety work? – House of Commons Library

Posted June 21st, 2021 in building law, fire, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘This briefing paper considers the debate about who is responsible for paying for fire safety works on blocks of flats in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire.’

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House of Commons Library, 20th June 2021

Source: commonslibrary.parliament.uk

Fully cladding your Particulars of Claim is key – Mills & Reeve

‘Beware the pitfalls of bringing a claim at the last possible opportunity, and the prohibition against pleading new causes of action in the Reply to Defence … Martlett Homes Limited v. Mulalley & Co. Limited [2021] EWHC 296 (TCC).’

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Mills & Reeve, 8th June 2021

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Grenfell survivors condemn ‘grave injustice’ as leaseholders left facing huge bills to remove cladding – The Independent

Posted April 30th, 2021 in accidents, bills, building law, fire, government departments, housing, leases, loans, news, victims by tracey

‘Survivors and bereaved relatives from the Grenfell Tower fire disaster say they are furious after parliament voted for measures that will leave householders facing huge bills for removing dangerous cladding from homes.’

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The Independent, 29th April 2021

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Grenfell: Government defeated on fire safety costs bill – BBC News

‘The government has been defeated for a fourth time on its Fire Safety Bill as the House of Lords voted to shield residents from fire safety work costs.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2021

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Unlimited fines for those who breach fire safety regulations – Home Office

‘Building owners could face unlimited fines following new measures being brought in to strengthen fire safety, the Home Office has announced today.’

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Home Office, 17th March 2021

Source: www.gov.uk