On 9 November, members of RLC's Fire Law Team: Michael Goodwin QC, Sailesh Mehta, Valerie Charbit and David Claxton attended FIRE 2021 at the QEII Conference Centre, London. The UK's leading fire safety conference was organised in association with the National Fire Chiefs Council, The Institute of Fire Engineers and the Fire Protection Society.
Michael Goodwin QC said:
"The conference headline 'learning lessons, shaping the future' set the scene for an inspiring and informative series of fire professional addresses, and workshops. The current challenges faced by the sector were tackled head on during the conference, including a comprehensive review by AICO of fire safety across the UK working with local authorities and individuals.... Of particular relevance to the work of RLC’s Fire Team, was the role the Building Safety Regulator will have going forward in enforcement, once the reforms become law, and this new more stringent regulatory regime is rolled out."
Continuing the collaboration and cooperation themes of the conference an illuminating Panel debate was held on modern methods of construction, and whether enough is being done to avoid another cladding construction disaster such as Grenfell Tower in 2017. The conference also involved a number of workshops and an address on the reform of the fire and rescue service by Mark Hardingham, (Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Counsel).
Read full piece here from the Fire 2021 Conference: [ Fire 2021 Conference Summary]
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