Man who set ex-girlfriend’s home on fire spared jail because he was ‘badly affected’ by break-up – The Independent

Posted November 29th, 2019 in arson, fire, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A man who committed arson after his ex-girlfriend broke up with him has been spared jail after his lawyer argued the attack was an “acute stress reaction” to the end of the relationship.’

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The Independent, 28th November 2019

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Inquest finds St Leonards hospice patients were unlawfully killed in fire – Garden Court Chambers

Posted November 26th, 2019 in fire, inquests, news, unlawful killing by sally

‘At an inquest in Hastings yesterday Senior Coroner Alan Craze concluded that three patients who died after a fire at a hospice on 11 July 2015 were unlawfully killed.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 21st November 2019

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Costs and Co-operation: What Tenants Must do to Assist with Fire Safety -Radcliffe Chambers

Posted November 19th, 2019 in fire, health & safety, landlord & tenant, news by sally

‘Despite being such an important and topical issue, the key piece of fire safety legislation has received very little judicial or academic analysis. This article argues that, properly understood, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires tenants to assist landlords in two ways. First, art.17 requires tenants to allow their landlord access to the demised premises to undertake fire safety repairs and improvements. Secondly, the key duties in the Order provide landlords with a strong defence to any challenge to the reasonableness of fire safety-related service charges.’

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Radcliffe Chambers, 14th November 2019

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Grenfell criminal charges more likely, say lawyers after inquiry – The Guardian

Posted November 4th, 2019 in fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Lawyers believe the prospect of criminal charges against those responsible for the Grenfell Tower tragedy has “increased significantly” following findings by the official inquiry into the disaster.’

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The Guardian, 3rd November 2019

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Grenfell Tower inquiry: the chair’s findings so far – The Guardian

‘Firefighters’ ‘stay put’ tactics and apparent lack of preparation and construction materials criticised.’

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The Guardian, 30th October 2019

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Grenfell inquiry: key questions answered – The Guardian

‘Why was it set up, why is it split into two parts and why are some people unhappy with it?’

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The Guardian, 29th October 2019

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Grenfell families must sign gagging orders to view report – Daily Telegraph

‘Grenfell families are to be required to sign non disclosure agreements before viewing a long-awaited report in to the fire which killed 72 people, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The bereaved and survivors of the tragedy will tomorrow meet Sir Martin Moore-Bick, chairman of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry, for a private briefing where they will receive an embargoed copy of the report covering the probe’s first phase, ahead of its publication on Wednesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th October 2019

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Man jailed for pretending to flat-share with deceased Grenfell resident in £75,000 fraud – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted September 6th, 2019 in fire, fraud, news, victims by tracey

‘A pharmacist technician who posed as a Grenfell Tower resident and carried out a fraud worth more than £75,000 has been jailed.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 5th September 2019

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Court clears man over video of Grenfell Tower model being burned – The Guardian

Posted August 23rd, 2019 in accidents, disclosure, fire, news, video recordings by sally

‘A man has been cleared of a criminal offence over a video that showed a model of a building marked “Grenfell Tower” being burned, while a group of friends laughed and joked.’

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The Guardian, 22nd August 2019

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Man convicted of murdering eight in 2002 Huddersfield house fire – The Guardian

Posted August 7th, 2019 in arson, bail, conspiracy, extradition, families, fire, murder, news, sentencing by tracey

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering eight members of the same family in an arson attack 17 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2019

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Whirlpool told to recall dryers in ‘unprecedented’ government move – BBC News

Posted June 12th, 2019 in consumer protection, fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The government is to issue an “unprecedented” recall notice of up to 500,000 Whirlpool tumble dryers which pose a fire safety risk.’

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BBC News, 12th June 2019

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Police identify suspects for possible Grenfell manslaughter charges – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2019 in fire, health & safety, homicide, news, prosecutions by tracey

‘The police investigation into the Grenfell Tower fire has identified potential suspects for offences of corporate manslaughter and gross negligence manslaughter, Scotland Yard has said. But it said there were no guarantees that criminal charges would be brought over the disaster, whose second anniversary falls this Friday.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2019

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Grenfell survivors and relatives open US legal battle – BBC News

Posted June 10th, 2019 in accidents, damages, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news, standards by sally

‘More than 100 Grenfell survivors and relatives are taking legal action in the US against three firms they blame for the fire, the BBC has been told.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2019

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Two experts added to Grenfell inquiry to broaden oversight – The Guardian

Posted May 30th, 2019 in expert witnesses, fire, health & safety, inquiries, news by tracey

‘Grenfell survivors have welcomed the UK prime minister’s decision to appoint two more people to oversee the public inquiry into the disaster that claimed 72 lives, after raising concerns their interests risked being overlooked.’

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The Guardian, 30th May 2019

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Grenfell families call for major changes to inquiry set-up – The Guardian

Posted May 8th, 2019 in accidents, bereavement, families, fire, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘Families have called on the public inquiry into the Grenfell fire which killed 72 people to make major changes to its procedures, amid mounting concerns that their voices are not being heard.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2019

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Grenfell Tower inquiry ‘failing to deliver’ as survivors and bereaved families ‘lose faith’, lawyers warn – The Independent

‘The Grenfell Tower inquiry is “failing to deliver” on promises it made to traumatised survivors and the families of victims, who have “lost faith” in the process, lawyers have warned.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2019

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District council defeats challenge to listing of pub as asset of community value – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 11th, 2019 in appeals, assets of community value, fire, local government, news, planning by sally

‘East Hertfordshire District Council has successfully defended its decision to list a currently empty pub as an asset of community value.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th March 2019

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Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 Grenfell survivors’ anger as police say no charges until 2021 – The Guardian

‘Survivors and the bereaved from the Grenfell Tower fire have expressed their “extreme frustration” at the pace of justice after Scotland Yard admitted no charges were likely for at least two years.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2019

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CPS mulls charges over burning effigy of Grenfell Tower – The Guardian

Posted February 19th, 2019 in accidents, bereavement, Crown Prosecution Service, fire, internet, news, public order by sally

‘Prosecutors are considering whether to bring criminal charges against a group of men who were filmed burning an effigy of Grenfell Tower.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2019

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Victims of self-storage warehouse fire to sue over safety failures – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 14th, 2019 in accidents, compensation, damages, fire, health & safety, news by tracey

‘Hundreds of people are planning a legal challenge against a self-storage company as they claim safety failures led to the destruction of more than 1,000 people’s possessions.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th January 2018

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