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Fire Law News

The Fire Law Team has written articles in relation to fire law in the legal and national press. Members of the team have also commented widely on the Grenfell Inquiry and been interviewed by national and international media.

Please see below for RLC's latest Fire Law news.

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5 years on from Grenfell- Sailesh Mehta writes for The Independent

5 years on from Grenfell- Sailesh Mehta writes for The Independent

On the fifth anniversary of the worst residential fire in Britain since the Second World War, Sailesh Mehta writes an Opinion piece for The Independent. He comments: "The Grenfell tragedy should be a warning to us all. The most important lesson from this disaster: Corporations will put profit before people; ...
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Michael Goodwin QC and Sailesh Mehta presented Panel Discussion on ‘Fire Law and Building Safety’ at FIREX International Conference

Michael Goodwin QC and Sailesh Mehta presented Panel Discussion on ‘Fire Law and Building Safety’ at FIREX International Conference

Michael Goodwin QC and Sailesh Mehta took part in a panel discussion at the FIREX International Conference at the Excel Centre in London on 17 May, 2022. Joined by Fire Specialist Colin Todd (CS Todd and Associates) and Nick Gianferrari (BLM Solicitors) the group discussed Fire Law and Building Safety ...
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RLC's Fire Team speak on 'Building Safety' at FIREX International, 17 May

RLC’s Fire Team speak on ‘Building Safety’ at FIREX International, 17 May

RLC's Fire Law Team speak on 'Building Safety' at FIREX International, 17 May. RLC's Fire Law Team have been invited to speak on 'Building Safety' as part of the FIREX International Conference on 17 May at the Excel Centre in London. The annual conference is hosted and produced by the ...
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Sailesh Mehta writes for Fire Protection Association Magazine

Sailesh Mehta writes for Fire Protection Association Magazine

Sailesh Mehta has written about the cladding scandal for high rise buildings. In the piece he comments: "Michael Gove is now the fourth Housing Minister charged with fixing the building safety scandal in as many years. If ever an industry needed 'levelling up', this is it. This year will see ...
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Defending a Prosecution of a Fire Brigade

Defending a Prosecution of a Fire Brigade

As the Grenfell Inquiry slowly comes to an end, Government will soon begin the task of assessing the recommendations in the Inquiry reports.
Fire and Rescue Services will be under pressure to carry out more inspections. Inevitably prosecution cases will rise in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts. Michael Goodwin QC ...
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Fire 2021 Conference

Fire 2021 Conference

Michael Goodwin QC, Sailesh Mehta, Valerie Charbit and David Claxton attend FIRE 2021 at the QEII Conference Centre, London. On 9 November 2021 members of Red Lion Chambers’ Fire Law Team attended the Fire 2021 Conference organised in association with the National Fire Chiefs Council, The Institute of Fire Engineers ...
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Grenfell: lessons learnt

Grenfell: lessons learnt

On the fourth anniversary of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire that claimed 72 lives, Sailesh Mehta outlines four key lessons learnt. Writing for Counsel Magazine he says: "The Grenfell Tower Inquiry has already unearthed important facts about how the tragedy unfolded and is now engaged in the ‘why did it ...
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Sailesh Mehta interviewed by Sky News

Sailesh Mehta interviewed by Sky News

Sailesh Mehta appeared on Sky News on the 4th anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire. Sailesh spoke to Nick Quraishi on the Early Rundown show about the cladding crisis facing local authorities, the safety issues surrounding high rise buildings, fire safety defects and the families and victims still awaiting a ...
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Red Lion Chambers introduces specialist Fire Law Team

Red Lion Chambers introduces specialist Fire Law Team

Red Lion Chambers introduces its new Fire Law Team with specialists offering expert, business focussed, robust advice and advocacy. The Team represents corporations, company directors, UK fire and rescue authorities, as well as public and investigatory bodies. The team which was originally set up in 2013 by RLC member Sailesh ...
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Legal Lessons: Sailesh Mehta writes for the Fire & Risk Mangement Journal

Legal Lessons: Sailesh Mehta writes for the Fire & Risk Mangement Journal

Barrister Sailesh Mehta shares advice for expert witnesses in fire cases, based on his experience and lessons from miscarriages of justice Witnesses giving evidence can sometimes get things wrong. Expert witnesses occasionally make mistakes. Because judges and juries often put great weight on the evidence of an expert, every error ...
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Sailesh Mehta takes part in BBC Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast

Sailesh Mehta takes part in BBC Grenfell Tower Inquiry Podcast

Sailesh Mehta who prosecutes and defends in serious fire and regulatory cases talked to the BBC's Grenfell Tower Inquiry podcast about the charges that Prosecution could bring including burden of proof and financial consequences for companies involved. Listen at 37mins55secs in:[BBC] ...
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The Grenfell fire inquiry is ignoring the biggest causes of the tragedy

The Grenfell fire inquiry is ignoring the biggest causes of the tragedy

First printed in The Times October 31 2019, By disregarding funding cuts, poor regulation and falling safety standards, this report into the disaster lets ministers off the hook. The 1,000-page report into the Grenfell fire that was published yesterday reaches damning conclusions. Cladding on the London block breached building regulations ...
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