We quickly recognised the importance and significance of Dame Judith Hackitt's Building a Safer Future Report and Recommendations published in 2018, which followed the Grenfell Tower tragedy and seeks to promote building and fire safety in high-rise residential buildings (HRRBs).
We have formed a dedicated group of specialist lawyers to address every aspect of the proposed building safety regime. We are able to help our private and public sector landlord clients and all professions involved in the design, construction, operation, management and maintenance of HRRBs navigate the new legislative and competency frameworks as they develop.
We have already helped clients address the findings of Phase 1 of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry; the Fire Safety Bill; legislative proposals for the Building Safety Act; and competency proposals included in the "Raising the Bar" report issued by the Construction Leadership Council.
Changing business models, working methods and retraining staff is no small ask. The safety case that underpins the Hackitt recommendations requires new thinking for landlords. The new regulatory regime covers all stages of a building: from the design, procurement and construction of a HRRB, to the in-occupation phase. Particular difficulties are faced by landlords of existing HRRBs, already in occupation, where the regime will have to address a diverse population of tenants with a myriad of needs and physical requirements, enjoying different tenures.
Despite not having draft legislation to review, Dame Judith Hackitt has said that landlords should not wait and should do everything they can do now to start implementing the recommendations. Given this clarion call, landlords need to consider what they can afford and how to prioritise the implementation of the Hackitt recommendations now.
We have a deep understanding of the shifting regulatory environment and rapidly changing agenda and work across the public and private sector. We also have one of the largest dedicated real estate teams in the UK, and our clients range from private and public sector landlords, private sector developers to central and local government, contractors, consultants and investors.
We have also been working since 2018 with government (as a member of the competency working groups), Chartered Institute of Housing, National Housing Federation, trade bodies and clients in order to better understand the impact of the Building a Safer Future regime in all areas of your business and we pride ourselves on offering efficient, knowledgeable and client-focused advice that will identify the key decisions to be made and practical issues that executive and operational teams, boards and senior management teams need to consider moving forward.
- Specialist lawyers addressing every aspect of the proposed building safety regime
- Deep understanding of the shifting regulatory environment
- Working with government and trade bodies to better understand impact of the new regime
- Practical advice for operational teams, senior management and boards on the ways forward