Regulatory Blog

13 November 2017

Bring back the fire certificate - RIBA calls for the FSO to be repealed

The Royal Institute of British Architects (“RIBA”) has called for the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (“FSO”) to be repealed and for the ‘re-introduction of mandatory fire certificates for designated premises based on independent inspections by the fire brigades.’  RIBA’s Expert Advisory Group on Fire Safety made the claim in their response to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.

Hannah Eales

8 November 2017

A recent reminder of the obligation to cooperate with an ICAEW investigation

The ICAEW has recently imposed a severe reprimand, £5000 fine and £3337 costs award on a member who failed to provide information requested by the ICAEW in accordance with a disciplinary investigation. This recent case serves as a reminder for members of accountancy bodies of the potential consequences of not cooperating with a disciplinary investigation by their regulator.

Jenny Higgins

7 November 2017

R (on the application of Ngole) v University of Sheffield (Health and Care Professions Council intervening) [2017] EWHC 2669 (Admin)

When do personal religious views, publicly expressed, affect fitness to practise? Mr Ngole, a former mature student at the University of Sheffield, brought judicial review proceedings to challenge the decision of his university to remove him from his course, following comments he posted on a website .

Sarah Harris

6 November 2017

Discrimination by qualification bodies: a more accessible, cost-effective solution

Michalak v General Medical Council and others [2017] UKSC 71.

2 November 2017

Social Drugs Findings In Sport: Doping or Misconduct

Recently, Dan Evans received a one year ban from Tennis for testing positive for Cocaine. This decision throws into sharp focus the relationship between Social Drugs and the Anti-Doping Rules.

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