The High Court’s approach to cladding claims – Local Government Lawyer

‘Judith Hopper and William Cursham analyse a recent ruling where a High Court judge awarded a housing association substantial damages in a claim relating to defective cladding.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

TCC’s judgment in Martlet v Mulalley, a cladding fire safety dispute – Practical Law: Construction Blog

‘Cladding disputes have been ubiquitous in recent years. They are a consequence of the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in June 2017, which led to a wave of inspections, investigations and scrutiny across the UK as building owners sought to ascertain whether or not their buildings were similarly defective. That process has resulted in numerous disputes relating to all sorts of different buildings – whether residential or commercial, old or new, publicly owned or private developments – which have kept practitioners extremely busy over the past five years.’

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Practical Law: Construction Blog, 28th July 2022

Source: constructionblog.practicallaw.com

Fire safety ruling has implications for cladding disputes – OUT-LAW.com

‘Construction companies contracted to design and build cladding systems for buildings may have to pick up the cost of replacing those systems in light of a new ruling by the High Court in London.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 25th July 2022

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Premature birth ‘almost twice as likely’ in England’s prisons than outside – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2022 in birth, health & safety, imprisonment, news, pregnancy, prisons, statistics, women by sally

‘Female prisoners are almost twice as likely to give birth prematurely as women in the general population, leaving them and their babies at risk, research has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 19th July 2022

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Crown Censure issued after death of Royal Marine recruit published 2 days ago – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2022 in armed forces, government departments, health & safety, news by tracey

‘The Ministry of Defence has been issued a Crown Censure after a 20-year-old marine recruit died during exercise.’

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BBC News, 18th July 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Workplace fatalities data highlights employers’ health and safety duties – OUT-LAW.com

Posted July 14th, 2022 in accidents, employment, health & safety, news, statistics by tracey

‘The latest data on workplace fatalities in Britain should sharpen the focus of employers on ensuring their workplaces are safe environments for both workers and members of the public, a health and safety expert has said.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 13th July 2022

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Heatwave: When is it too hot to work? – BBC News

Posted July 14th, 2022 in employment, health & safety, news, trade unions by tracey

‘Is there a maximum temperature for workplaces? No law in the UK says a given temperature is too hot or cold to work.’

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BBC News, 14th July 2022

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Co-owners jailed and firm fined £2m over deaths of workers in animal feed tanker – The Independent

‘A food waste recycling company has been fined £2 million and one of its co-owners jailed for 13 years after two workers died in a road haulage tanker containing pig feed.’

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The Independent, 16th June 2022

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No-fault evictions and bans on social services tenants to be outlawed in England – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2022 in health & safety, housing, landlord & tenant, news, social security by sally

‘Measures to tackle unscrupulous private landlords who evict tenants without giving a reason or who let unsafe homes, will be introduced under government proposals aimed at giving a better deal for millions of renters in England.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2022

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Residents threaten judicial review over Home Office decision to abandon recommended emergency evacuation plans for disabled people – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Home Office is facing a judicial review over its decision to ignore a Grenfell Tower inquiry’s recommendation to implement personal emergency evacuation plans for disabled people.’

Grenfell Tower: Will anyone go to prison? – BBC News

Posted June 14th, 2022 in fire, health & safety, news, prosecutions by sally

‘Five years after fire ripped through Grenfell Tower in west London, a public inquiry has laid bare the string of failures which resulted in the deaths of 72 people. But behind closed doors, police are carrying out one of the largest and most complex criminal investigations ever. When will justice be done and will it result in prison sentences?’

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BBC News, 14th June 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

COVID-19 and return-to-work refusers – Local Government Lawyer

‘Adele Shortman analyses the first significant COVID dismissal case to be heard in the Employment Appeal Tribunal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th June 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Research Briefing: Leasehold high-rise flats: Who pays for fire safety work? – House of Commons Library

‘This briefing considers debate about responsibility for paying for fire safety works on blocks of flats in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. It covers provisions in the Building Safety Act 2022.’

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House of Commons Library, 9th June 2022

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Firm guilty of manslaughter after yard workers drowned in pig feed – BBC News

Posted June 8th, 2022 in corporate manslaughter, health & safety, negligence, news by sally

‘A food waste recycling company has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter after two employees drowned in a tanker of semi-liquid pig feed.’

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BBC News, 7th June 2022

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‘Cat ban’ case could provide Equality Act clarity for service providers – OUT-LAW.com

‘A case brought by an autistic man against a UK supermarket chain for refusing entry to his assistance cat could help to clarify a complex area of equality law, according to one legal expert.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 6th June 2022

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First EAT consideration of a Covid-19 related dismissal – St Philips Barristers

‘In what is believed to be the first Appellate consideration of a Coronavirus related dismissal the EAT (HHJ Tayler) upheld the judgment of the Leeds Employment Tribunal (EJ Anderson) that the Claimant’s Coronavirus related absence dismissal was not automatically unfair for a health and safety reason pursuant to s100(d)-(e) of the Employment Rights Act 1996.’

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St Philips Barristers, 6th May 2022

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How Has the Pandemic Changed the City Workplace? Top 10 Legal Issues in the Post-Pandemic Workplace – Littleton Chambers

‘The last two years have accelerated a number of trends which had already started to gain traction. The most obvious one is the move to remote working.’

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Littleton Chambers, 17th May 2022

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Council prosecution sees building materials company hit with £400k fine for health and safety offence – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 17th, 2022 in construction industry, fines, health & safety, local government, news by tracey

‘A prosecution brought by Thanet District Council has seen a building materials company fined £400,000 over an incident that left one employee with life-changing injuries and a second suffering from deep cuts and lacerations.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th May 2022

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New Acts – legislation.gov.uk

2022 c. 35 – Judicial Review and Courts Act 2022

2022 c. 33 – Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Act 2022

2022 c. 31 – Health and Care Act 2022

2022 c. 30 – Building Safety Act 2022

Source: www.legislation.gov.uk

Bar Standards Board clears barrister over Hillsborough remarks – The Guardian

‘A senior barrister who repeated discredited police allegations about the behaviour of Liverpool supporters at the Hillsborough disaster has been cleared of misconduct by his profession’s Bar Standards Board (BSB).’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2022

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