The Building Safety Bill will be in the news over the next few months as it proceeds through Parliament. The Government says the Bill is intended to implement the recommendations of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, commissioned in the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire. The extent to which it does that, and the extent to which it will help building owners and leaseholders who need to improve building fire safety, is highly controversial.

Barristers at 4 Pump Court are involved in the Grenfell Inquiry. We are involved in many pieces of litigation about fire safety which have arisen from inspections carried out in the aftermath of that disaster. We specialise in construction disputes and in particular claims by and against developers, contractors, architects, engineers (including fire engineers) and sub-contractors of all sorts – including cladding and façade designers and installers. We understand the issues that arise in relation to pursuing such claims, including limitation, insolvent defendants, insurance claims, and seeking to act for leaseholders.

As the Bill passes through Parliament we will blog about relevant legal issues. The Bill is concerned with fire safety but it is not limited to that. It seeks to enact major changes to the law on limitation, the regulation of safe building and how the construction industry is managed. The passage of the Bill, and the way in which it is finally enacted, will be of interest to all involved with the construction industry: developers, contractors, subcontractors, professionals, solicitors, insurers and claims consultants. Do bookmark this page, follow us on Linkedin, and stay in touch for the latest news on this important Bill.

The 3rd Reading of the Building Safety Bill on 19 January 2022

The Building Safety Bill passed the third reading in the House of Commons on 19 January 2022. This was somewhat overshadowed by the surprise announcement on 10 January 2022 by Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Housing, that developers will be forced to pay an estimated £4 billion to remediate unsafe cladding on residential […]

Limitation, Defective Premises Act, Retrospective Extension of Limitation, Politics

27th January 2022

The Bill passes through the Commons Committee Stage

Between 9 September 2021 and 26 October 2021 the Building Safety Bill was considered by the Public Bill Committee for the Building Safety Bill. A Public Bill Committee is appointed by the Committee of Selection having regard to qualifications of MPs and to the composition of the House and so this committee had a Conservative […]

Limitation, Defective Premises Act, Retrospective Extension of Limitation, Commons Committee

10th January 2022

Building Safety Bill – Limitation

Retrospective Limitation under the Defective Premises Act Some of the most striking legal aspects of the Building Safety Bill (the “Bill”) are that it (a) seeks to extent the remit of the Defective Premises Act 1972 (the “DPA”) and it (b) seeks retrospectively to extend limitation periods under the DPA.In particular, sections 125 and 126 […]

Limitation, Defective Premises Act, Retrospective Extension of Limitation

20th July 2021

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