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Age discrimination: does this old dog have some new tricks?

15 Jan 2019
On 20 December 2018, the Government suffered a huge loss when it was found to have discriminated directly against younger members of the judges' and firefighters' pension plans (and indirectly against ethnic minorities and women in these arrangements). The cases of McCloud and Sargeant related to transitional provisions implemented by the Government when it brought in the benefit design changes required by the Public Service Pensions Act 2013.
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WBD advises Brittany Ferries on UK government contract for additional freight capacity for no-deal Brexit

15 Jan 2019
WBD has advised Brittany Ferries, a long-standing client, on a series of contracts with the Department for Transport that secure additional freight capacity as part of the UK government's planning for a no-deal Brexit. WBD Partner, Peter Snaith was the lead adviser for Brittany Ferries with input from procurement, public sector and other relevant specialists from the firm.
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The death of the local housing company?

14 Jan 2019
In December 2017, University College London published a report on “Local authority direct provision of housing”. In it the authors noted that 44% of English local authorities had set up or were considering the setting up of a company wholly owned by them in order to develop or acquire housing and 65% of local authorities were directly engaged in housing delivery themselves.
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WBD strengthens London team with new tax hire

14 Jan 2019
WBD has appointed Bob Savic as a Tax Consultant in the firm's London office. Bob will support the firm's key sectors of expertise, in particular, Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Manufacturing and Private Wealth. 
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A commitment to fix the system: The government's response to the Grenfell Tower Report

10 Jan 2019
We all recall the horrors of the Grenfell Tower tragedy on 14 June 2017 which resulted in the loss of 72 lives and many more being made homeless. The fire, which breached compartmentation of the block, represents the greatest loss of life in a residential fire in a century. Following on from the tragedy, the government commissioned an independent review of the building regulations and fire safety to be led by Dame Judith Hackitt, an engineer and civil servant.