It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
Rankeshwar Batta, partner, Ann Houghton, solicitor, Alexandra Loxton, chartered legal executive and Rose Klemperer, paralegal have all been shortlisted in recognition of their work in the legal sector.
Personal injury and clinical negligence specialist Rankeshwar has been shortlisted for ‘Partner of the Year’ demonstrating his outstanding leadership, his commitment to CSR, his contribution to the legal profession in general and his positive contribution to the reputation of solicitors – all which go above and beyond his role as partner.
Ann, also a personal injury specialist has been shortlisted for ‘Assistant Solicitor of the Year’ after demonstrating a passion and determination to improve clients’ quality of life. She is also a Joint Honorary Secretary of the Birmingham Law Society and consistently works to improve the reputation of the legal profession.
Alexandra, working in Corporate Litigation has been shortlisted for ‘Chartered Legal Executive of the Year’ after highlighting her involvement with other organisations (such as CILEx) and her contributions to legal publications and research. Her submission was backed up by some outstanding testimonials from clients.
Rose has been shortlisted for ‘Paralegal of the Year’ having showcased some of the high-profile cases she has been involved in and her ability to handle levels of responsibility beyond her first year paralegal qualification. She is also a keen attendee at many BSG, Birmingham Law Society and BTSS events.
As well as being dedicated individuals in the sector, nominees have shown that they still find time to participate in many charitable activities in their own time, setting them apart from other lawyers in the profession.
Winners of the Birmingham Law Society Awards 2014 will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the ICC in Birmingham on the evening of the 20th March 2014 - we wish all the best of luck to Rankeshwar, Ann, Alexandra and Rose!
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
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