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New RICS Guidance for Risks, Liability and Insurance April 2021

Published on 18 May 2021. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Katharine Cusack, Partner

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The RICS have produced a new Guidance Note entitled "Risks, Liability and Insurance", which came into effect on 1 April 2021. This note is a must read for surveyors and provides practical advice for risk management and the points to consider when seeking professional indemnity cover.

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Fire safety – at last, some welcome news for surveyors

Published on 15 April 2021. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner and Katharine Cusack, Partner

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We set out below news of a welcome change to the professional indemnity insurance available to surveyors relating to their fire safety work.

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The RICS key to unlock the market?

Published on 09 March 2021. By Alexandra Anderson, Partner

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In December 2019, the RICS launched a new form, the EWS1, to assist with the process of valuing properties within all residential buildings over six storeys (18 metres). In the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy, lenders were needing to understand whether materials used for cladding/insulation were safe and would require remediation at a cost that would have impact on the value of the property. The EWS1 form was intended to provide a quick route to ascertain whether works were required that might have an impact on value.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #5 - Referral to Professional Conduct Committee

Published on 16 February 2021. By Emma Wherry, Senior Associate and Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

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Further to our previous four articles detailing the stages of the Architect Registration Board's disciplinary process up to the Investigations Panel Stage, this article considers the steps that are taken by the ARB in order to refer the matter to the Professional Conduct Committee and the steps that an Architect may wish to take to prepare for that hearing.

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The Week That Was - 18th December 2020

Published on 18 December 2020. By Simon Laird, Global Head of Insurance and Rachael Healey, Partner and David Allinson, Partner

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Welcome to the final The Week That Was of 2020, a round-up of key events in the financial services area over the last seven days.

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The Week That Was - 27th November 2020

Published on 27 November 2020. By Ben Goodier, Partner and Helen Thomas, Senior Associate

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Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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The Week That Was - 13 November 2020

Published on 13 November 2020. By Ben Goodier, Partner and Helen Thomas, Senior Associate

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Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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The Week That Was - 6th November 2020

Published on 06 November 2020. By Ben Goodier, Partner and Helen Thomas, Senior Associate

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The week that was - 30th October 2020

Published on 30 October 2020. By Ben Goodier, Partner and Helen Thomas, Senior Associate

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Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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The Week That Was - 23rd October 2020

Published on 23 October 2020. By Ben Goodier, Partner and Helen Thomas, Senior Associate

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Welcome to The Week That Was, a round-up of key events in the construction sector over the last seven days.

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Building on renewable energy #3 – Anaerobic Digestion

Published on 24 September 2020. By Adrian Hurlock, Associate

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Anaerobic digestion is the process by which biodegradable materials are broken down in a controlled environment. Whilst being broken down, the materials emit gas (which can be used as a source of renewable energy), and produce heat (which can also be harnessed on or near-to site). The process also leaves a waste material (digestate), which can be used as fertiliser, contributing to the circular economy.

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Health and Safety Bulletin – June 2020

01 July 2020

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Welcome to the latest edition of our Health and Safety update.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #4 - investigations panel stage

Published on 14 April 2020. By Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate

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Further to our previous three articles which provided (1) an overview of the Architect Registration Board's disciplinary process and (2) a review of the complaints stage (3) the review stage, this article explains the next stage of a disciplinary investigation against an Architect: the investigations panel stage.

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Building on renewable energy #2 - Wind power

Published on 05 March 2020. By Adrian Hurlock, Associate

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Wind power is, unsurprisingly, generated by wind (typically as little as a light breeze) passing over and turning the turbine's blades. The blades are connected via a shaft and gearbox to a generator, which converts the kinetic energy into electrical energy. A transformer then increases the voltage of the generated energy to enable transmission to the grid.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #3 – The review stage

Published on 24 February 2020. By Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate and Emma Wherry, Senior Associate

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Further to our previous two articles which provided (1) an overview of the Architect Registration Board's disciplinary process and (2) a review of the complaints stage we explain the next stage of a disciplinary investigation against an Architect, the review stage.

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Disciplinary investigations against architects #2 - Complaints to the ARB

Published on 23 January 2020. By Sarah O'Callaghan, Associate and Emma Wherry, Senior Associate

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Further to our previous article which provided an overview of the Architect Registration Board's disciplinary process, we explain the first stage of a disciplinary investigation against an Architect, the complaint stage.

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