Grenfell solicitor wins unfair dismissal claim over redundancy – Legal Futures

‘A solicitor made redundant after her work on the Grenfell Tower disaster ended has won a claim for unfair dismissal because her law firm did not properly consider another role for her.’

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Legal Futures, 3rd January 2024

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Grenfell firefighters to receive council compensation – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2023 in compensation, fire, fire services, local government, news by michael

‘More than 100 firefighters who tackled the Grenfell Tower blaze will receive compensation from Kensington and Chelsea Council.’

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BBC News, 7th December 2023

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Newham v Chaplair: the lessons to be learned – Local Government Lawyer

‘Archie Maddan explains what was involved in the first successful prosecution of a tower block owner for failure to remove flammable cladding.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th November 2023

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Landlords of crowded London flat that caught fire plead guilty to criminal charges – The Guardian

‘The landlords of a dangerously overcrowded east London flat that suffered a deadly fire in March have pleaded guilty to a total of nine criminal charges.’

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The Guardian, 28th November 2023

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London borough successfully prosecutes building owner over delays in removing dangerous cladding – Local Government Lawyer

‘Newham is understood to have become the first local authority in Britain to successfully prosecute a building owner for failing to remove flammable cladding.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th October 2023

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Cladding remediation and related costs recovery – a new case in the FTT: St John Street Property Services Ltd v Riverside Group Ltd – Tanfield Chambers

‘Robert Bowker and Jeremy Weaver, an associate director at Bradys Solicitors analyse the recent case of St John Street Property Services Group v Riverside Group Ltd.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 11th September 2023

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First Remediation Order under Building Safety Act – Mills & Reeve

‘A group of leaseholders of two blocks of flats successfully applied for a Remediation Order against the freeholder in respect of defective external cladding and other fire safety issues. The decision by the First-tier Tribunal Property Chamber (Residential Property) in Sarah White & Karin Ida Christina Martensson & Other leaseholders v Kedai Limited (freeholder) LON/00AY/HYI/2022/0005 & 0016 is the first Remediation Order made under section 123 of the Building Safety Act 2022 (BSA).’

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Mills & Reeve, 26th September 2023

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Waking watch costs and failing to do Fire Risk Assessments – Nearly Legal

Posted August 30th, 2023 in fire, health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, service charges by sally

‘This is a very interesting appeal to the Upper Tribunal on the issue of a freeholder recovering waking watch costs through the leaseholder’s service charge. The freeholder was given permission to appeal an FTT decision that only the first 7 days worth of costs (of almost 4 months worth) was recoverable.’

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Nearly Legal, 29th August 2023

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Buildings Safety Act 2022: Different statutory regimes do not operate in isolation (Various leaseholders of Priory Heights v Central Beds Council) – Tanfield Chambers

‘Priory Heights, a former tax office, is over 29 metres high, was converted from commercial to residential use between 2003 and 2008, and contains 64 flats. It contains two staircases one of which is external and covered in combustible HPL cladding. It is indisputable that the cladding must be removed and replaced. The necessary remediation measures also include compartmentation and fire stopping work in the building’s common parts.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 20th July 2023

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Landlord claimed to be “lost at sea” ordered to pay £44k over housing offence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A South Gloucestershire landlord has been ordered to pay more than £44,000 after a court found him guilty of a serious housing offence and for contravening a Local Government Act.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th July 2023

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Grenfell Tower and Awaab Ishak tributes as social housing bill passes – BBC News

‘A move to strengthen social housing rules in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire and the death of a toddler from exposure to mould is set to become law.’

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BBC News, 27th June 2023

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What happens after a banning order? The further adventures of Mr Rasool – Nearly Legal

‘Mohammed Rasool has featured here quite often, for getting an ASBi against him for illegal eviction, for his role in quite the bizarrest set of cases, in which he sought re-entry after alleged illegal eviction to properties he had no interest in and didn’t occupy, and for receiving a five year banning order, amongst other things. But the fall out of his track record of truly terrible landlording, and assorted criminal offences continues. Here is a new press release from Camden Council, on the outcome of their latest prosecution of Mohammed Ali Abbas Rasool and associated entities.’

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Nearly Legal, 23rd June 2023

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Real estate company fined for burning peatland in protected area – The Independent

Posted May 12th, 2023 in environmental health, environmental protection, fines, fire, news by tracey

‘A real estate company worth nearly £20 million has admitted burning peat illegally on one of its estates.’

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The Independent, 11th May 2023

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Judge approves £150 million settlement of Grenfell compensation claims – The Independent

‘A judge has approved a “global” settlement of compensation claims made by people affected by the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2023

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Former Grenfell resident fails in wide-ranging challenge to rehousing decisions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 18th, 2023 in fire, housing, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘A former Grenfell resident has failed in a judicial review challenge against rehousing decisions made by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the years following the 2017 fire.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th April 2023

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More than 900 people affected by Grenfell Tower fire settle claims – The Guardian

Posted April 12th, 2023 in accidents, bereavement, compensation, damages, fire, health & safety, housing, inquiries, news by sally

‘More than 900 bereaved family members, survivors and local people who were affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire have agreed on a settlement of their civil claims arising from the blaze.’

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The Guardian, 11th April 2023

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Gove admits ‘faulty’ guidance partly to blame for Grenfell fire – The Guardian

‘Michael Gove has admitted that “faulty and ambiguous” government guidance was partly responsible for the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The UK housing secretary said lax regulation allowed cladding firms to “put people in danger in order to make a profit”.’

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The Guardian, 29th January 2023

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New fire safety regulations following Grenfell Tower fire come into force in England – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 26th, 2023 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, regulations by sally

‘The Fire Safety (England) Regulations 2022, which implement the majority of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry recommendations, came into force yesterday (23 January 2023).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th January 2023

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An Avoidable Death – Nearly Legal

Posted November 16th, 2022 in fire, health & safety, inquests, inquiries, news by sally

‘“Every death was avoidable” said Richard Millett KC at the closing submission to the Grenfell Inquiry. Now we know from the inquest verdict into the death of two year old Awaab Ishak’s that this death was also thoroughly avoidable,and we know the catalogue of failures that caused the tragedy.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th November 2022

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Waking watch costs and flawed reports – Nearly Legal

Posted November 14th, 2022 in fire, health & safety, landlord & tenant, news, service charges, tribunals by tracey

‘Assethold Ltd v Leaseholders Of Corben Mews (LANDLORD AND TENANT – SERVICE CHARGES – whether reasonably incurred – costs of a waking watch) (2022) UKUT 282 (LC). An Upper Tribunal appeal of an FTT decision that the costs of a waking watch were not reasonably incurred by the landlord and so not recoverable under the service charge.’

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Nearly Legal, 13th November 2022

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