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Banks potentially set to lend against defective tall and mid-rise buildings – will leaseholders be able to cash in?
“UK Finance” (the banking trade body) has recently announced that six of the UK’s largest banks (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Nationwide, NatWest and Santander) have agreed to offer mortgages on buildings with fire safety defects. This announcement, which is certainly welcome news to the sector, appears to be a radical reversal of lenders’ attitudes towards the risks in defective tall and mid-rise buildings.
Fire Safety Act finally comes into force
The Fire Safety Act, having been introduced to Parliament in March 2020 and received Royal assent in April 2021, has finally come into force on 16 May 2022.
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs) for Building Owners: Consultation and Government Update
Following the Grenfell Tower Inquiry’s initial recommendations on Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans, otherwise known as ‘PEEPs’, the Government ran a consultation on proposals for new legal requirements (to be imposed on owners and managers of multi-occupied high-rise residential buildings) to undertake PEEPs for residents in certain circumstances. The consultation also impacted on associated Government guidance on the issue.
Building Safety Bill – The removal of the Building Safety Manager
Our recent article reported that there were rumours of the removal of the Building Safety Manager (“BSM”) role and the Building Safety Charge (“BSC”) from the draft Building Safety Bill (“BSB”). These rumours now appear to be substantiated by proposed amendments published by the Government.
Devonshires adds eight to its partnership
We are delighted to announce that we have promoted eight Solicitors to Partner, bringing our total Partner count to 51.  
The Government asks developers to pledge they will remediate defective buildings or risk being stopped from developing
The Government has now revealed how it intends to use the proposed amendments to the Building Safety Bill to force the hands of those who have “played a role” in the development of buildings over 11 metres tall with “life-critical” fire safety defects that require remediation. The Government has threatened to prohibit planning permission and Building Control sign-off for developers who do not voluntarily comply with commitments to fund and carry out or fund the necessary remedial works.
Building Safety Bill Amendment: removing the requirement for Building Safety Managers
The current draft Building Safety Bill (“the Bill”) which has been published by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government includes the requirement for the accountable person of a higher-risk building to appoint a building safety manager (“BSM”).
Devonshires celebrates five years in Leeds
We’re celebrating our fifth birthday of being in Leeds! Since opening in Leeds following the arrival of Partners Chris Drabble and Gary Grigor from Addleshaw Goddard, the team has grown to 21, including six Partners, and is actively recruiting new Solicitors with plans for further expansion. In addition to Gary Grigor (Banking) and Chris Drabble
Government propose new far-reaching proposals to the Building Safety Bill
The amendments are significant and complex in places but ultimately seek to protect leaseholders from the impact of remediating fire-safety defects.
Devonshires listed as a Times Best Law Firm for a second year!
The Times has published its list, now in its fourth year, of the top 200 legal practices in England and Wales. We first made this list in 2021 and are delighted to have retained our listing for 2022.
Nine new hires for our London office
Law firm Devonshires has added nine new hires to its London office.
Devonshires retain 100% of their newly qualified Solicitors for the third year running
We are  delighted to have been able to retain 100% of our newly qualified solicitors for the third year running.