Insight

Professional Fire Risk Assessor Receives Prison Sentence for Inadequate Report

An experienced former firefighter and professional fire risk assessor, was told yesterday by a Crown Court judge that a custodial sentence was inevitable following a fire risk assessment of a nursing home, which was not suitable and sufficient. Graham Foote, Learn more

Fire Safety: What Does ‘Reasonably Practicable’ Actually Mean?

Insight from our Fire Safety Lawyer, Warren Spencer: I have previously written an article about the increase in charges brought under Article 8 of the Fire Safety Order.  Now that the maximum fine limitation has been removed in the Magistrates Court, Learn more

Fire Fighter Safety; “relevant persons?”

Insight from Warren Spencer, Fire Safety lawyer.   Fire fighter safety is often a confusing issue for the Courts following convictions under the Fire Safety Order. Upon sentence Magistrates and Judges often state that the offences committed not only put residents, Learn more

Lawyers in Burning Buildings

Fire Safety Lawyers, Warren Spencer and Iain Blundell, reflect on their recent experience. You have to be careful what you say to firemen. Especially when you are bored of waiting for your case to be called on at Court. It Learn more

Living Above the Shop

Insight from Fire Safety Lawyer, Warren Spencer.   Warren’s insight following the recent conviction of a Liverpool Landlord who was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment after concealing domestic living accommodation above commercial premises; “perhaps the most concerning case of its type that I Learn more

Private Landlords now face Smoke Alarm Regulations.

Fire Safety Lawyer, Iain Blundell, explains the implications of the new regulations and what Landlords should be doing now.   On 1st October 2015 new regulations came into force that require private landlords to install smoke and carbon dioxide alarms Learn more

Enforcement and the Fire Alarm Engineer

Fire Safety Lawyer, Warren Spencer’s, Insight.   As the Solicitor who had conduct of the prosecution against Christopher Morris, the Fire Alarm Engineer prosecuted by Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service in 2010, I am often asked for advice upon Learn more

The Rise of Article 32(8) – Fire Safety Order

Fire Safety Expert Warren Spencer’s Insight It is not uncommon, following an audit by the Fire Service (where breaches may have been found) for a company to go into liquidation.  The more cynical of us may suggest that many companies Learn more

Developers – Building Regulations – Regulation 38

As a builder or developer, you may not realise however it is a legal requirement under Regulation 38(formally regulation 16 B) that documentation relating to the fire safety aspects of your construction are formally handed over as part of the document Learn more

Fire Safety Lawyers take on Brigade training

Fire Safety Experts, Warren Spencer and Iain Blundell, were recently invited to take part in some specialised training at the Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service Training Centre in Euxton.  Despite their initial reservations, Iain and Warren jumped at the opportunity to enter Learn more