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Modern Methods of Construction: BOPAS and Build Warranties
Interest in custom build and modular housing is growing rapidly, but housing associations and developers considering this way of building must not overlook accreditations and warranties – specifically the Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS).
ACM Cladding Remediation Fund
The Government has published guidance on how local authorities and housing associations can apply for funding for the removal and replacement of unsafe ACM cladding on buildings 18m or over.
Managing Risk: Expert guidance and solutions for registered providers
On the 17th May we held our first ever Devonshires Conference which focused on the biggest challenges affecting the UK’s social housing sector.
The Hackitt Report: An overview
Yesterday saw the release of Dame Judith Hackitt’s long-awaited Report of Building Regulations and Fire Safety.
Can custom build go mainstream?
The term ‘custom build’ has been around since 2011, but the UK has been slow to embrace this way of housebuilding. Compared to other European countries, we’re lagging behind, constructing these types of homes at a much lower rate. However, this trend could be about to change.
Devonshires adds two new partners
We are delighted to welcome Anna Buch (Commercial Litigation Team) and Asif Patel (Construction Team) to the partnership.
Mind the Gap: Review into build out of planning permissions for housing
A government review into the gap between housing completions and the amount of land allocated or permissioned is about to commence.
RPs must be more proactive at managing quality in construction
The Grenfell Tower tragedy has shone a spotlight on construction in the housebuilding sector, which for a number of years now has suffered from poor quality control and falling standards of construction.
The Interim Report of Dame Judith Hackitt of her Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety
Yesterday (Monday 18 December 2017) saw the release of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report (the Report) of her review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety with a particular focus on the application to high-rise residential buildings following the Grenfell Tower tragedy of 14 June 2017.
Devonshires Ranks Highly in 2018 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide
Chambers and Partners have released their 2018 rankings and we are delighted to have maintained our Band 1 positions in Social Housing and Social Housing: Finance.
Devonshires secures record number of rankings in latest Legal 500 Guide
The 2017 Legal 500 Guide has been published and we are delighted to have a record number of solicitors and departments feature.
Recovering the standard rate VAT you pay on professional fees
This is achieved by establishing a non-vat grouped, wholly controlled subsidiary company to act as a design and build company (D&B Co).