Grenfell Tower inquiry: LFB ‘failed residents and firefighters’ – BBC News

Posted December 11th, 2018 in fire, fire services, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘Grenfell Tower residents and firefighters were let down by London Fire Brigade’s leaders, a lawyer for the victims has said.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2018

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Grenfell fraudster jailed for claiming £88,000 worth of benefits – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted December 3rd, 2018 in benefits, closed circuit television, fire, fraud, news, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘A man has been jailed after falsely claiming he was sleeping rough in the Grenfell Tower so he could access £88,0000 worth of benefits meant for genuine victims of the fire.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 30th November 2018

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Government to review safety advice amid new high-rise cladding fears – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2018 in building law, construction industry, fire, health & safety, news, regulations by tracey

‘The government has ordered a review of building safety advice amid concerns that scores of tall buildings fitted with combustible cladding and insulation may have been missed by a testing programme following the Grenfell Tower fire.

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The Guardian, 27th November 2018

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Commercial Court upholds hot works “exclusion” in Contractor’s Liability Policy – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 27th, 2018 in appeals, Commercial Court, construction industry, contracts, fire, insurance, news by tracey

‘Aspen Insurance UK Ltd & Liberty Mutual Insurance Europe Ltd v Sangster and Annand Ltd is a case that concerns a fire at a Scottish hotel, and liability under a Contractor’s Liability Insurance policy. It was heard by HHJ Waksman QC (as he then was) in the Commercial Court in June and, earlier this week, the Court of Appeal refused permission to appeal.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 23rd November 2018

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Appealing findings made by the TCC: guidance from the Court of Appeal – Practical Law: Construction Blog

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in appeals, civil procedure rules, fire, indemnities, insurance, news by tracey

‘In 2014, a waste plant owned by Wheeldon Brothers Waste Ltd was damaged by fire. Its insurer, Millennium Insurance Company Ltd, declined to indemnify the company in relation to the fire, citing alleged breaches of a variety of policy terms. At first instance, Mr Jonathan Acton Davis QC, sitting as Deputy High Court judge, ruled that Wheeldon was entitled to the indemnity.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 19th November 2018

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Grenfell Tower: Fraudster who claimed more than £100,000 meant for survivors jailed for six years – The Independent

Posted November 22nd, 2018 in fire, fraud, guilty pleas, news, sentencing, victims by tracey

‘A fraudster who claimed more than £100,000 meant for Grenfell Tower victims has been jailed for six years.’

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The Independent, 21st November 2018

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Grenfell fire: When does causing offence become a crime? – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2018 in fire, freedom of expression, news, public order by sally

‘A video shared on social media of a cardboard model of Grenfell Tower being set alight by a laughing crowd has prompted outrage, condemnation and some difficult questions.’

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BBC News, 6th November 2018

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Council ends PFI deal, takes legal action over tower block cladding – Local Government Lawyer

‘Camden Council is to end a private finance initiative deal and take legal action against contractors in a dispute over the recladding of tower blocks.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th October 2018

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Planning reforms to give councils more flexibility to dispose of surplus land – Local Government Lawyer

‘The government has announced plans to consult on further reforms to the planning system, including giving local authorities more flexibility to dispose of surplus land that could instead accommodate new homes.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd October 2018

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Combustible cladding ban set to be announced – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2018 in construction industry, fire, health & safety, news by sally

‘Combustible cladding is to be banned for all new schools, hospitals, care homes, student accommodation and residential buildings in England above 18m (60ft).’

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BBC News, 30th September 2018

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Grenfell fund fraudster’s shopping spree with victims’ cash – BBC News

Posted September 28th, 2018 in fire, fraud, guilty pleas, news, sentencing, theft by tracey

‘A fraudster who stole tens of thousands of pounds from the NHS and a Grenfell Tower victim fund has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 28th September 2018

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Landlords told to remove Grenfell-style cladding or face action – The Guardian

Posted September 10th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, landlord & tenant, news by tracey

‘Landlords must remove dangerous, Grenfell Tower-style cladding from their buildings or face enforcement action, the government has warned. The communities secretary, James Brokenshire, has written to about 60 building owners and developers, including some of the UK’s biggest property firms, explaining the actions they must take to avoid penalties.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2018

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Grenfell Tower: Man jailed for stealing £50,000-worth of emergency relief – The Independent

Posted September 7th, 2018 in fire, fraud, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A cleaner who stole £53,000-worth of emergency relief intended for the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire has been jailed.’

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The Independent, 6th September 2018

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Grenfell Tower: Kensington and Chelsea Council worker admits fraud – BBC News

Posted August 31st, 2018 in bereavement, fire, fraud, guilty pleas, health & safety, local government, news, theft, victims by tracey

‘A council worker has admitted defrauding around £60,000 from the Grenfell Tower victim fund.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2018

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The Government’s Response To Grenfell ‘Breaches Human Rights’ – Rights Info

Posted August 22nd, 2018 in fire, health & safety, housing, human rights, news by sally

‘The government’s failure to adequately respond to the Grenfell tragedy may breach human rights legislation, according to the UK’s human rights watchdog.’

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Rights Info, 21st August 2018

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Britain flouting human rights over Grenfell-style cladding – The Guardian

Posted August 20th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, housing, human rights, news by sally

‘The government is breaching fundamental obligations to protect its citizens’ right to life by failing to address the systemic problems that led to the Grenfell Tower tragedy, the UK’s human rights watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2018

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Fire safety duties for insolvency practitioners – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 7th, 2018 in fire, health & safety, insolvency, news by sally

‘When a business goes into insolvency, insolvency practitioners may become responsible for fire safety. Those responsibilities will change if the Hackitt Review’s post-Grenfell recommendations are implemented, particularly if the insolvency involves buildings where people sleep.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 7th August 2018

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Environmental Law News Update – Six Pump Court

Posted August 6th, 2018 in brexit, EC law, environmental protection, fire, health & safety, news, sentencing by sally

‘In this latest Environmental Law News Update, Laura Phillips, Mark Davies and Angelica Rokad consider a parliamentary report on the Government’s 25 year plan for the environment, the Brexit White Paper and a recent Court of Appeal case clarifying sentencing in fire safety cases.’

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Six Pump Court, 30th July 2018

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Grenfell Tower: Sentences for gross negligence manslaughter could increase after investigation into deadly fire – The Independent

‘Sentences for gross negligence manslaughter, which is being considered by investigators looking into the Grenfell Tower fire, could be increased under new advice given to judges.’

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The Independent, 31st July 2018

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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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