Court of Appeal upholds ‘reasonable’ widely-drafted exclusion clause – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 20th, 2018 in contracts, exclusion clauses, fire, news, unfair contract terms by sally

‘A widely-drafted exclusion clause in the standard terms of a fire protection system provider was not unreasonable, and therefore should be upheld, the Court of Appeal has confirmed.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 19th June 2018

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What is the price of safety? And who pays the price? – Hardwicke Chambers

Posted June 18th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘On 14 June 2017, 72 people were killed when a huge fire engulfed the Grenfell Tower Block in West London. As we approach the anniversary of that appalling disaster, the inquiry into what happened has only just begun, with harrowing accounts from witnesses and survivors. One thing that does seem clear however, is that the retro-fitted cladding which was applied to the outside of the tower was entirely useless in slowing the blaze. Indeed, it seems that the cladding was itself flammable, feeding the flames, and was fitted in such a way as to aid the spread of the blaze.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 12th June 2018

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‘Grenfell’ cladding: couple could sue after £600,000 flat now worth £90,000 – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, housing, mortgages, news, valuation by sally

‘A family who have seen the value of their London flat slashed from £600,000 to just £90,000 because of Grenfell-style cladding could sue a government agency that helped them buy their home.’

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The Guardian, 18th June 2018

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Pair face jail after posing as Grenfell victims to claim £125,000 – The Guardian

Posted May 31st, 2018 in fire, fraud, immigration, news by sally

‘Two illegal immigrants who falsely claimed more than £100,000 in accommodation and pre-paid credit cards by posing as victims of the Grenfell Tower fire are facing jail.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2018

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Can the Grenfell Inquiry be a truly modern public inquiry? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, human rights, inquiries, judiciary, news by tracey

‘Is there any hope that the Grenfell Inquiry will finally gain legitimacy? As with the successful McPherson Inquiry following the Stephen Lawrence murder, recognition of diversity and inclusivity are essential.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd May 2018

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Can the Grenfell Inquiry can be a truly modern public inquiry? – The Guardian

Posted May 22nd, 2018 in diversity, fire, health & safety, housing, inquiries, judiciary, news by sally

‘The wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle and the start of the first phase of hearings in the Grenfell Inquiry occurred within hours of each other but could not have been more different in terms of how they were received by the British public.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2018

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Emotions run high as Grenfell Tower fire inquiry opens – The Guardian

Posted May 21st, 2018 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by sally

‘Almost a year after the Grenfell Tower fire, the first substantive hearings of the inquiry into the disaster will open on Monday with tributes from friends and relatives of the 72 victims.’

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The Guardian, 21st May 2018

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Grenfell Tower inquiry to open with tributes to 71 victims of blaze – The Guardian

Posted March 22nd, 2018 in fire, health & safety, housing, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire will open with individual portraits of and tributes to the 71 victims of the blaze, it has been revealed.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2018

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Grenfell inquiry to have most core participants in UK history – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2018 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by tracey

‘More than 530 individuals and organisations have been granted core participant status for the Grenfell Tower fire inquiry, which resumes preliminary hearings on Wednesday. The number of accredited parties underlines the breadth of the disaster’s impact and the challenge facing Sir Martin Moore-Bick, the retired appeal court judge chairing the investigation. Three individuals are being allowed to remain anonymous. It is believed to be the largest number accredited to a public inquiry in the UK.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2018

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Jailed Grenfell Tower fraudster claimed missing husband was miraculously discovered in a cave – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 16th, 2018 in fire, fraud, insurance, news by tracey

‘A woman posing as a widow from Grenfell Tower pretended her “dead” husband had been miraculously found in a cave as part of a £19,000 fraud.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th March 2018

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Information watchdog denounces council over Grenfell failings – The Guardian

Posted March 13th, 2018 in fire, freedom of information, health & safety, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Kensington and Chelsea council has been condemned by the information commissioner for failing to disclose information relating to the Grenfell Tower fire. Elizabeth Denham has made seven rulings against the council for failing to respond to freedom of information requests about fire safety, cladding and risk assessments at the high-rise block.’

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The Guardian, 13th March 2018

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Cladding fitted to Grenfell Tower ‘was never fire safety tested’ – The Independent

Posted February 9th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The cladding system fitted to Grenfell Tower was never subjected to fire safety testing, according to reports. The panels installed on the block, which have since been found on 299 other high-rises, were apparently not put through large-scale lab examinations to test their combustibility before being fitted.’

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The Independent, 8th February 2018

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Fire Safety – Who Pays? – Nearly Legal

Posted February 5th, 2018 in costs, fire, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘Since the extent of the issues with the cladding to blocks of flats became clear after Grenfell, and it became clear that private blocks as well as social were affected, we have been waiting for the beginning of the legal fall out over who was to pay for rectifying the problems. For leaseholders in those blocks, this was always going to be a very serious issue.’

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Nearly Legal, 4th February 2018

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Anomalies in sentencing for fire safety breaches create uncertainty – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 2nd, 2018 in fire, health & safety, news, sentencing by sally

‘Fines for breaches of fire safety regulations are not explicitly covered by health and safety sentencing guidelines – leading to anomalies in the way in which companies are prosecuted and the ultimate fine.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 1st February 2018

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Government introduces new product safety office – BBC News

Posted January 22nd, 2018 in consumer protection, fire, health & safety, news, select committees by sally

‘The government is creating a new Office for Product Safety and Standards to help manage large-scale product recalls and identify risks to consumers.’

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BBC News, 21st January 2018

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Grenfell Tower fire: Police ask for £38m to fund investigation – BBC News

Posted January 5th, 2018 in budgets, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, police by tracey

‘The Metropolitan Police has asked the Home Office to pay £38m for its Grenfell Tower fire investigation.’

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BBC News, 4th January 2018

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Human rights commission to launch its own Grenfell fire inquiry – The Guardian

‘Britain’s human rights watchdog is to launch an inquiry into the Grenfell Tower fire that will examine whether the government and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea failed in their duties to protect life and provide safe housing.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2017

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Grenfell Tower fire: Inquiry ‘needs a diverse panel’ – BBC News

Posted December 1st, 2017 in diversity, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by tracey

‘The Grenfell Tower fire inquiry could become a whitewash unless there is a diverse panel to oversee proceedings, survivors and bereaved families say. They say chairman Sir Martin Moore-Bick should sit with people from a range of backgrounds who understand the issues facing those affected by the blaze, in which 71 people died on 14 June.’

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BBC News, 1st December 2017

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Further education college wins court battle with vending company over fire – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in damages, evidence, expert witnesses, fire, judges, local government, news, statutory duty by sally

‘A judge has held a vending machine company responsible for fire damage at a further education college after a complex dispute involving conflicting views among expert witnesses.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st November 2017

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Grenfell Tower fire: Britain’s housing laws ‘inadequate’ and ‘outdated’, finds Shelter report – The Independent

Posted November 14th, 2017 in fire, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, regulations, reports by tracey

‘Britain’s “inadequate” and “outdated” housing laws are failing to prioritise tenant safety, a damning report commissioned by Shelter has found.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2017

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