Posted: Author: Sarah Wheadon

40% of construction sites fail unannounced inspection

In September we alerted readers to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) four week unannounced inspection programme targeting refurbishment projects. Results published this month show that there were poor standards or dangerous practices at 691 out of the 1748 sites visited. One in five was so bad that enforcement action was needed with 548 prohibition/improvement… Read more »

Posted: Author: Sarah Wheadon

Eighth company prosecuted for corporate manslaughter fined £500K

The largest fine to date was imposed earlier this month on Sterecycle (Rotherham) Limited. Sterecycle was a South Yorkshire based waste management company operating autoclaves (pressure chambers) to process household waste. On 11 January 2011, there was an explosion at the company’s waste processing plant when the door on an autoclave blew out under pressure…. Read more »

Posted: Author: Rachel Osgood

Why does Alan Sugar hate lawyers?

Those of us who are die-hard fans of the Apprentice will be enjoying the weekly cringe-fest currently being shown on BBC1 (Wednesdays, 9pm). Over the last 10 years, I have often wondered why it is that Alan Sugar – a man who sat alongside a lawyer for the first 8 years of the Apprentice and… Read more »

Posted: Author: Alan Cousins

The Law Society’s law management quality mark, Lexcel

We are delighted to announce that, once again, we have been awarded Lexcel accreditation. Lexcel is developed specifically for the legal profession. It is an optional, recognised accreditation scheme which gives assurance that a legal practice meets the highest possible client care and business management standards. To gain and retain Lexcel accreditation, firms must undergo… Read more »