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Is your tall building safe? – A checklist to comply with new Government Guidance
Mark London, Matthew Cocklin and Conor Rodgers consider what practical steps owners of tall buildings should take to comply with Advice Note 14.
Legal claims against lens manufacturer Oculentis could top 100
A growing number of UK patients, who had the Oculentis lens implanted several years ago, are beginning to suffer from a deterioration in their vision.
Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018
The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Bill passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords on 19 December 2018 and became an Act on the 20 December 2018.
Ban on Combustible Materials in External Wall Systems
The Building (Amendment) Regulations 2018 – SI 2018/1230 come into force on 21 December 2018. This article considers what this means for current and future projects.
Devonshires Appoints Chief Operating Officer
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Duncan Edwards as Chief Operating Officer. This appointment reinforces Devonshires’ ongoing commitment to ensure that we continue to provide our existing and our future clients with truly excellent legal services and advice throughout the UK and beyond. Having grown considerably in size over the last three years
England Continues to Lag Behind on Cancer Care
A review by the Health Foundation suggests that England has failed to close the gap on the best-performing nations when it comes to cancer care despite 20 years of trying.
Summary of Devonshires’ Comments on the Social Housing Green Paper
Read our response to the Social Housing Green Paper.
IT’S THE LAW: Best, reasonable and all reasonable endeavours – FOR SALE: One grandmother
Click here to read our Briefing in PDF format Just do it Many (probably most) obligations in contracts are absolute. For example: ‘the buyer will pay to the seller the purchase price on the completion date’. That means, with limited exceptions, that if the obligation is not complied with then the defaulting party will be
Government Publishes Consultation on New Court Dedicated to Housing
The Government has published a consultation on establishing a new court dedicated to housing.
Patients face serious delays for crucial NHS tests
A BBC investigation has shown that a growing number of patients are facing long waits for crucial NHS tests.
Fraudsters Purporting to be Bailiffs
We have become aware of a fraud being perpetrated which involves fraudsters, purporting to be bailiffs with a lawful warrant, attending the premises of an organisation and seeking to seize goods to satisfy an unpaid debt. The fraudsters have what at face value appears to be a lawful warrant, including details of a genuine debt
Devonshires’ Social Housing Team Ranks Highly in 2019 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide
The 2019 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide has been published, and we are delighted to have maintained our Band 1 positions in Social Housing and Social Housing: Finance. This year a record number of our lawyers were recognised as experts in their chosen fields. A full list of our rankings in this current edition can