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The Ashworth Centre is located beneath the magnificent Great Hall of Lincoln’s Inn, and the conference was held in the Lecture Theatre inside. Opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2018, the Ashworth Centre is named after Mercy Ashworth, who was one of the first women to be called to the bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 1923.
The Tanfield Spring Conference 2023 centred around one piece of recent, groundbreaking legislation; the ‘Building Safety Act 2022’ (BSA), exploring its wider implications.
The BSA is a key part of wider building safety reforms aimed at avoiding a repeat of the dreadful events of June 2017, when 72 people lost their lives after a high-rise fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell tower block in North Kensington, London, making it the worst residential fire in the UK since the Second World War.
Once the long-anticipated and much amended ‘Building Safety Bill’ received Royal Assent on the 28th April 2022, building owners had until October 2022 to implement their building safety regime. As a result, across the UK there are now new safety requirements for landlords of higher-risk buildings. ‘Higher risk buildings’ are at least 18 metres or seven storeys high and must have 2 or more residential units.
The rules concerning safety cover the various stages of building, namely; design stage, planning stage, construction stage and whilst tenants and leaseholders live in a building.
Only five miles from where the tragedy occurred, in front of a packed audience – some of whom had travelled across the country to be in attendance – a range of topics were addressed, including:
- Practical ramifications for Landlords and Tenants (including criminal liability and service charges)
- Prohibition Notices and Compliance Notices
- Remediation Orders and Remediation Contribution Orders
- Applications to the First-Tier Tribunal under the Act
- Amendments and causes of action under the Building
- Act 1984 & Defective Premises Act 1972
- Changes to limitation periods
- Liability in relation to construction products
- The role and relevance of associated persons
As the day drew near an end Adrian Carr and Richard Miller looked more closely at the shortcomings of the act, before the conference was wrapped up on a light hearted note as the Chairman Andrew Butler KC and Katie Gray hosted a BSA themed ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ Quiz. Be sure to check out the videos on Tanfield’s website when they drop in the coming weeks to find out who won!
As well as shooting the presentations, the corporate video production included shooting interviews and vox-pops with the speakers and delegates which will go into a final event promo video. Full coverage of all talks will be made available for those who could not attend on the day, whilst there will also be a set of videos based on key themes that emerged, and a selection of highlights.