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Michael Gove has become the latest housing secretary to make promises in respect of building safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Specifically, under an ominous banner declaring “developers must pay”, Gove promised that leaseholders will not be required to meet the costs of cladding removal. While this is a positive development, there is currently little firm detail as to how it will be achieved.
The Building Safety Bill was introduced to the House of Commons on 5 July 2021, just over four years since the Grenfell Tower disaster. Royal Assent is expected to be given to the Bill in July 2022. In our latest factsheet, our experts explore how the Bill will impact every stage of a higher-risk buildings life, from planning, design, construction to occupation and management.
The County Court of Victoria’s dismissal of a stay application gives owners and Owners Corporations another green light to pursue their domestic building disputes outside of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT).
Kennedys is recognised as a top-band firm in the latest guide to leading law firms and lawyers across the UK.
In July 2021, the then Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick unveiled further plans to reform building safety with the publication of an updated version of the Building Safety Bill 2021.
Following the publication of The Legal 500 UK 2022, we are proud to announce that the firm has once again achieved impressive rankings and recognition within the latest guide to leading law firms and lawyers.
The Work and Pensions Committee will examine the current risks posed by asbestos in the workplace, the actions taken by the Health and Safety Executive to mitigate them and how its approach compares to those taken in other countries.
Section 57 of the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 (Vic) (DBC Act) makes the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) “chiefly responsible for resolving domestic building disputes".
Climate change and environmental catastrophes are now a common theme in daily news. The much publicised report on climate change from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has suggested that we are closer to the environmental point of no return than leading scientists had previously contemplated, with human activity changing the climate in unprecedented and irreversible ways.
This update includes a roundup of recent court decisions dealing with liquidated damages, a classic residential property dispute, late service of a claim form, overstated losses in a claim for defects, and another example of adjudication enforcement where natural justice and jurisdiction issues are at play.