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Building Safety Bill published

Ushering in ‘the biggest changes to building safety for nearly 40 years’ the long anticipated Building Safety Bill has been published today.

The Bill, a large and complex piece of legislation, sets out a more stringent set of rules for buildings of 18 metres or more from design phase through to occupation. Amongst many other changes, the Bill introduces a new statutory Building Safety Regulator as well as new criminal offences for corporates and directors.

Partner Paul Lowe said:

“The significance of the Bill for construction professionals and their insurers is considerable. Professional indemnity insurers, in particular, will wish to consider policy notification requirements in light of a new mandatory reporting regime as well as a range of new professional duties imposed on construction professionals. Directors and officers insurers will wish to consider the new criminal sanctions proposed against managers and directors of construction bodies.”

Weightmans has collaborated with clients and other stakeholders over the past 18 months to help present their views to Government and it is now hoped that the Bill will create a safer and more efficient construction industry. We will continue to steer clients through the complexities of this important legislation.

 

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