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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.
Following the landmark High Court decision in the case of The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain v The Secretary of State for Work & Pensions and others  the law has now been amended to extend the rights afforded by section 44 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996) to encompass detriment suffered by ‘workers’ as well as employees.
The Fire Safety Act 2021 was made law on 29 April 2021 having been introduced to parliament in March 2020. This is an important piece of legislation with potentially significant ramifications for those organisations considered “Responsible Persons” under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. The Act isn’t yet in force but it is expected to be so by the end of 2021 and is another step towards a strengthened fire safety regime for multi-occupancy residential buildings.
Case review 02/09/2021
The recent criminal case of Plaku and others v The Queen [23.04.21] has refocused judges’ minds on when it is appropriate to award a discount of an offender’s sentence and how much of a discount should be applied. It is noted by this case that over time, practices have started to develop whereby different levels of discounts are applied at different stages and Plaku refers sentencing judges back to the original guidelines to reintroduce consistency.
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.
The way in which people and goods travel is changing rapidly. As a new era of transport continues to unfold, Kennedys is here to keep you up to date on the latest developments and what they mean for you and your business.
Kennedys has continued its growth in the Middle East with the opening of a new office in Muscat, in the Sultanate of Oman. This office opening is in response to client demand for a presence in Oman, and sees Kennedys become the only international insurance-focused law firm in the country.
Kennedys has boosted its newly relocated office in Manchester with the hire of regulatory partner, Nathan Buckley, from Clyde & Co. Nathan specialises in regulatory defence work, particularly corporate manslaughter/gross negligence manslaughter, health and safety, environment and motor crime investigations and prosecutions, together with inquests across all industries.
Kennedys has appointed partner Sarah-Jane Dobson to its growing international products law practice. Sarah-Jane, who joins from Cooley LLP and will be based in Kennedy’s London office, specialises in litigation and regulatory matters relating to product safety, product compliance and product liability.
Our research identified five key risk themes that have implications and represent both challenges and opportunities for businesses, insurers, and wider society. This will assist in moving the conversation forward as we look beyond COVID-19, highlighting the important need to reshape the dynamic relationship between companies, households, and insurers.