London Fire Brigade has only acted on four of 29 recommendations from first stage of Grenfell Inquiry – The Independent

Posted February 12th, 2021 in accidents, codes of practice, delay, emergency services, fire, news by tracey

‘The London Fire Brigade (LFB) has only implemented four of the 29 recommendations suggested to it by the first part of the Grenfell inquiry, a new report has found.’

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The Independent, 12th February 2021

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New watchdog will be able to ban dangerous materials used at Grenfell Tower – The Guardian

‘Companies that make dangerous building materials such as those used at Grenfell Tower could be prosecuted and their products banned by a new watchdog announced by the government.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2021

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Ping Pong and fire safety – Nearly Legal

Posted January 11th, 2021 in accidents, bills, fire, health & safety, housing, leases, news, repairs by sally

‘Fire safety issues in blocks of flats and other multi-occupancy buildings are one of, if not *the* biggest issue in housing law and policy today. The background is pretty well-known and, for present purposes, can be quite easily summarised. Since the Grenfell Tower disaster, it has become clear that there are hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of dwellings across England and Wales which have fire safety problems, either as a result of how they were originally constructed or because of conversion/adaptation works. Those problems are not limited to ACM cladding (which was the kind of cladding on Grenfell Tower) but also includes lots of other types cladding (including something called HPL cladding, in essence, wood-effect), and the absence of fire breaks (designed to stop fire spreading from one flat to another), defective or absent fire doors.’

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Nearly Legal, 10th January 2021

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Charity which helped Grenfell victims ‘institutionally racist’, review finds – The Independent

Posted December 11th, 2020 in accidents, charities, diversity, equality, fire, news, race discrimination, racism, victims by tracey

‘A charity which helped the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire has been and remains to be institutionally racist, a review has found.The Westway Trust has a “legacy of institutional racism” and has failed to “understand, identify and address radical disparity over the years”, the Tutu Foundation concluded.’

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The Independent, 11th December 2020

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The law applicable to an arbitration agreement: Part 1 of our analysis of Enka v OOO Insurance – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In the eagerly awaited judgment in Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v OOO Insurance Company Chubb [2020] UKSC 38, the Supreme Court finally settled an important issue in the law of arbitration that has long divided the authorities and commentary: in the absence of a choice by the parties, where the law applicable to the main contract differs from that of the seat, it is the law of the seat that governs the validity and scope of the arbitration agreement. Our Overview on the decision sets out the key holdings; Part I (below) of our commentary on the decision examines the reasoning of the Majority in greater depth.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 2nd December 2020

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Post-Grenfell social housing reforms in England to be unveiled – The Guardian

‘Millions of tenants could be offered greater protection from wrongdoing by landlords in long-awaited social housing reforms to be announced this week, more than three years after the Grenfell Tower disaster.’

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The Guardian, 16th November 2020

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Enka v. Chubb in the Supreme Court: Which Law is it Anyway? – 4 New Square

‘Where the law governing a contract containing an arbitration agreement differs from the law of the nominated “seat” of the arbitration, which law – absent any express choice – governs the arbitration agreement itself? That was the question that the Supreme Court had to grapple with in Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi AS v. OOO Insurance Company Chubb [2020] UKSC 38, in which judgment was handed down on 9 October 2020. George Spalton and Ian McDonald of 4 New Square consider the decision.’

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4 New Square, 14th October 2020

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Implication and imputation; the Supreme Court’s decision in Enka – Six Pump Court

‘This article considers some of the particular aspects in the recent Supreme Court decision of Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi v OOO Insurance Company Chubb & Others [2020] UKSC 38. In particular it looks at the significance of the distinction between implication of agreement through application of ordinary contractual principles and imputation of terms by the application of conflict of law provisions contained in the Rome I Regulation or as established by the common law.’

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Six Pump Court, 20th October 2020

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Grenfell personal injury claims – factual horror, legal interest and less obvious wellbeing implications – Doughty Street Chambers

‘The actions brought by survivors of the Grenfell disaster came to the High Court for the first time on Friday 2 October with judgment handed down on 14 October: De Costa & Ors v London Fire Commissioner & Ors [2020] EWHC 2718 (QB).’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 15th October 2020

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New Judgment: Enka Insaat Ve Sanayi A.S. v OOO Insurance Company Chubb [2020] UKSC 38 – UKSC Blog

‘The central issue on this appeal is how the governing law of an arbitration agreement is to be determined when the law applicable to the contract containing it differs from the law of the “seat” of the arbitration, the place chosen for the arbitration in the arbitration agreement.’

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UKSC Blog, 9th October 2020

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Care home business in South Wales fined £432k for fire safety failings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 15th, 2020 in fines, fire, health & safety, news, Wales by tracey

‘A residential care home business in Cardiff has been fined more than £430,000 for serious fire safety failings, following a prosecution brought by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th September 2020

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Grenfell bereaved say Covid ban on attending inquiry is ‘madness’ – The Guardian

Posted September 7th, 2020 in accidents, bereavement, coronavirus, families, fire, inquiries, news, victims by sally

‘Survivors and bereaved of the Grenfell Tower fire have branded as “madness” rules that mean although they can eat at a restaurant or drink in a pub, they are still not allowed to attend the public inquiry, which restarts on Monday.’

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The Guardian, 6th September 2020

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Inquests ‘more adversarial than criminal cases’, says Grenfell QC – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 27th, 2020 in bereavement, duty of candour, fire, health & safety, inquests, news, statutory duty by sally

‘A QC representing bereaved families in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry has backed calls for a statutory duty of candour, saying she has often found inquests far more adversarial than any criminal case she has done. ‘

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Law Society's Gazette, 26th August 2020

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Grenfell Tower inquiry: Fire ‘inextricably linked with race’ – BBC News

‘The Grenfell Tower fire inquiry “must not ignore” the impact of race and poverty on the disaster, a lawyer representing survivors has said.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2020

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Grenfell Tower inquiry resumes but distancing rules anger families – The Guardian

‘Builders behind the disastrous Grenfell Tower refurbishment are finally set to face public questioning over the June 2017 fire that killed 72 people, as the delayed public inquiry resumes on Monday with strict social distancing rules that have angered the bereaved.’

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The Guardian, 6th July 2020

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UK could be breaking international law over cladding, says UN – The Guardian

‘The UN has warned Britain that its failure to strip combustible cladding from high-rise buildings containing tens of thousands homes may be a breach of international law.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2020

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The Grenfell Fire: Do Black Lives Actually Matter? – Oxford Human Rights Hub

Posted June 23rd, 2020 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, minorities, news, reports by sally

‘On the 3rd anniversary of the Grenfell fire where 72 residents (at least 34 of whom were from a BAME background) lost their lives, is the country in a better position to avoid future cladding related fires?’

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Oxford Human Rights Hub, 18th June 2020

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Fight for Grenfell inquiry to look at racial stereotyping goes on – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2020 in equality, fire, health & safety, inquiries, minorities, news by sally

‘Campaigners believe bias and inequality were factors in high number of BAME deaths in fire.’

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The Guardian, 14th June 2020

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Grenfell Tower Inquiry on hold until July at earliest amid coronavirus pandemic – BBC News

Posted May 20th, 2020 in accidents, coronavirus, delay, fire, housing, inquiries, news by sally

‘The Grenfell Tower Inquiry will not resume until July at the earliest, organisers have said.’

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BBC News, 19th May 2020

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Grenfell Tower inquiry could resume by Zoom videolink – The Guardian

‘The public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower disaster could resume in virtual form with evidence taken by Zoom videolink, its senior legal adviser has told bereaved people and survivors.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2020

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