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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 response of the healthcare sector is likely to be one of the areas that the public inquiry into the management of the pandemic will focus on. For the inquiry to be effective and meaningful, it is expected that public bodies and organisations adopt the duty of candour in the provision of any information and when giving evidence. In this article, we discuss the duty of candour and how it will relate to any inquiry.
The Victorian Parliament recently enacted the Occupational Health and Safety and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021. The amendments to the OHS Act prohibit the insuring or indemnifying of a person for a fine for a Victorian safety offence, and provide stronger protections for labour hire workers.
The UK Government has announced that an independent chairperson will be appointed the end of 2021 with a view to a public inquiry (the inquiry) being established to start inquiring into the management of the pandemic by Spring 2022.
A chairperson will be appointed by the end of this year with a view to establishing a public inquiry into the management of the pandemic in the Spring of 2022. We consider the role of the chairperson in a public inquiry, what the focus of the UK Government’s inquiry may be in light of the Scottish Government’s recent public consultation, and whether a Spring 2022 inquiry is realistic.
The UK Government’s 2019 manifesto committed to encourage flexible working and consult on making it the default unless employers have good reasons not to. Subsequently, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on working patterns, resulting in a shift to homeworking for much of the working population.
Kennedys is recognised as a top-band firm in the latest guide to leading law firms and lawyers across the UK.
In this article, we set out the likely impact of the new regulatory watchdog and the new risks for businesses. We also look to the future of UK environmental regulation and enforcement.
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.
Millions of people have migrated from working in traditional office settings to working from their own living rooms.