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From thought leadership pieces to basic training resources, our lawyers regularly produce leaflets, briefings, newsletters and brochures. Our aim is to help keep our clients ahead of the curve.

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Sense has prevailed! MHCLG grant 6-month extension to the Building Safety Fund and £30m Waking Watch Fund revealed
The MHCLG have granted a 6-month extension to the deadline for building owners to complete applications to the non-ACM Building Safety Fund.
Supplementary Note: Advice for Building Owners of Multi-storey, Multi-occupied Residential Buildings
The MHCLG explains that the “one-page supplementary note is on the purpose and intent behind ‘Building safety advice for building owners, including fire doors’, particularly those parts which covered external wall systems and balconies. It should be taken into consideration alongside the existing advice, dated January 2020.”
The Charter for Social Housing Residents: The new Social Housing White Paper – Devonshires’ Briefing Note
The long anticipated Social Housing White Paper has landed, and in our new Briefing Note, we discuss our thoughts on what has been announced and the implications for the social housing sector. 
Reducing The Orbit of EWS1 Forms and Upping Resource
On Friday the 21st of November the Government issued a press release stating that following consultation with RICS and The Building Societies Association (BSA), EWS1 forms will no longer be needed on buildings that do not have external wall cladding.
RIDDOR and COVID-19: When to Report
As an employer, all social housing and care providers will be a “responsible person” for the purposes of the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013.
Update: Building Safety Fund – Social Housing Providers
The Government has now published further guidance to social housing providers on the claims process they will need to follow in order to gain access to part of the £1 billion remediation fund for non-ACM cladding.
The Draft Building Safety Bill
In this briefing note, we provide a brief overview of the new Building Safety Bill.
Update: Non-ACM Building Safety Fund – what should RPs next steps be?
The Government has issued its prospectus for the promised £1billion fund to remediate non-ACM cladding. RPs will need to decide before 31 July whether they (or, where applicable, a group entity) should register for the Fund.
Update: Building Safety Fund
In March 2020, the Government announced that it would be launching a new £1bn Building Safety Fund (“the Fund”) to provide funding to both public and private sector building owners for the remediation of external wall systems containing dangerous non-aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding in buildings over 18m.
Update: Building Safety Fund
In March 2020, the Government announced that it would be launching a new £1bn Building Safety Fund to provide funding to both public and private sector building owners for the remediation of external wall systems containing dangerous non-aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding in buildings over 18m.
Government response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation
Last week the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released a response to the ‘Building a Safer Future’ consultation that began in June 2019.
The effects of Covid-19 on essential safety works
Following the restrictions introduced on 23 March 2020, the Government indicated that essential building works should continue. But what does this mean for contractors and how can this be done subject to public health guidance, in particular social distancing?