New fire regulations — developments

29 July 2020

Melissa Dillon explains recent developments towards introducing a new fire and building safety regime for high rise buildings following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

EU exit transition watch — Are we nearly there yet?

29 July 2020

Almost exactly two years ago, one of the articles in this series had the title You can’t always get what you want, which only goes to show that Mick Jagger would never make it as an adviser to a Prime Minister who firmly believes the opposite. Not only has Boris Johnson continued to stick to his demands, he has increased the pressure by setting September as the deadline for agreeing on a new trade deal. The date by which the UK will leave the Union may still be several months away — 31 December — but a Number 10 spokesman has cut the actual negotiating time to a matter of weeks by insisting: “We’ve always been clear that talks can’t go on into the autumn.”

Time to stop beating about the bush: why nature is fundamental to business

27 July 2020

We rely on nature’s abundance for raw materials and its natural systems to keep everything in balance. A functioning planet also means secure and stable societies in which to work and trade. So why is nature not more prominent in business planning? Laura King considers how businesses can start assessing their dependencies on the earth’s resources and systems.

Government advice for a safe September school return

24 July 2020

New DfE guidance details how pupils will return to English classrooms this autumn in ‘bubbles’ and closed groups designed to minimise further Covid-19 infections, manage any new symptoms safely, and create and maintain a new normality. Jon Herbert reports.

Face coverings for employees on public transport

24 July 2020

Mike Sopp considers the issue of whether employers should be providing face masks or coverings for those employees who have to use public transport to get to work during the coronavirus pandemic.