5 minutes with… Manisha Patel, senior partner, PRP Architects

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe now for unlimited access To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our communitylast_img read more

Society tackles ‘false impressions’ over MoJ engagement

first_imgPlanned legal aid cuts pose ‘significant risks’ to the stability of the criminal justice system, the Law Society has stressed in a letter from the chief executive to ‘correct any false impressions’ over its stance on the government’s proposals.In an open letter to the profession, Desmond Hudson acknowledged the ‘clearly expressed’ opposition of the profession to the cuts and the criticism made of the Law Society’s engagement with the Ministry of Justice.Hudson said: ‘Many of our members would have preferred us to take a much more oppositional stance, refusing to engage, standing firm, just saying no, and supporting direct action. There is no doubt that the Society could have made itself more popular by taking such an approach.’ But he said the Society cannot see any path that would have achieved a better outcome, other than engaging with the ministry.Hudson said he understood the profession’s view and did ‘not dismiss it lightly’, adding that the Society had given a ‘lot of thought’ to its strategy.Highlighting the imbalance of power between the Society and the government, he said: ‘It is important to remember that the ministry is free to set both the strategic direction and the detailed arrangement for criminal legal aid.’He said the Law Society had presented ‘all available arguments’ as to why fee cuts were not the best way to achieve savings, stressing that the it could not require the ministry to accept its arguments and adding that maintaining current fee levels would not have been supported by a majority in parliament.Hudson said the profession had been ‘admirably united’ in its opposition to price-competitive tendering (PCT), but had not been united in proposing any ‘positive alternative agenda’, the absence of which, he said, enabled the lord chancellor Chris Grayling to ignore its opposition.In contrast, Hudson said the Law Society had suggested an alternative, which had ‘secured the crucial breakthrough’ in persuading the MoJ to ditch PCT and consult on the proposed new contracts.Acknowledging that the profession’s opposition to the MoJ plans had been a ‘necessary backdrop’ to the ‘progress’ made, he stressed ‘it is engagement that has secured the changes’.While the resulting proposals – for a two-tier contract model for own-client and duty solicitor work and more procurement areas – he said were not the Society’s ‘preferred approach’, Hudson said the he believed it was ‘the best settlement that was realistically achievable in the circumstances’.The Society, he said would have preferred a single-tier structure of contracts that included duty solicitor work, but he said the MoJ suggested ‘procurement law problems’ with the approach, which the Society’s lawyers indicated were ‘not entirely fanciful’.Hudson reiterated that the Society ‘unequivocally’ opposes the ‘damaging’ fee cuts and stressed that the Society’s agreement with the ministry’s ‘framework’ does not include agreement as to the detail of fee structures.He flagged up two ‘major concerns’ with the fee structures proposed – the national fixed fees that could result in 40% cuts in some areas, and the flattening of fees for magistrates courts irrespective of whether there is a guilty plea or a trial, and insisted that the society will be making representations to the MoJ.Hudson urged solicitors to alert their local MPs but also importantly, the government, via their consultation and via the Otterburn survey. Respondents to the latter are guaranteed anonymity but the Society believes a large number of responses will require the government to seriously consider the resulting evidence about the financial impact on firms.He told solicitors that they still face an ‘incredibly tough future’, but assured them that the Society will continue ‘seeking improvements in the proposals’.Meanwhile, following a request by the House of Commons justice select committee, the Society has revealed that its draft response to the government’s ‘Next Steps’ consultation warns of ‘significant risks’ posed to the stability of the criminal justice system. The response echoes the points made in Hudson’s letter.Commenting on the changes, Law Society president Nicholas Fluck said: ‘Before taking the risk of proceeding with fee cuts, the ministry must be very sure that the solicitors and their firms are on a robust enough financial footing to withstand this.’last_img read more

UK prime minister chairs national security meeting on poisoned former spy

first_imgABC News(LONDON) — Political pressure is mounting on U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May to take firm action against the perpetrators of the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter in Salisbury, England.May is chairing a National Security Council with government ministers, attended by senior defense and intelligence officials, who have been compiling information on the attack that took place on March 4. It is the second such government meeting since the attack took place.The former spy, Sergei Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, were having lunch in Salisbury that day.Tom Tugendhat, a British politician who sits on the government’s Foreign Affairs Committee, told BBC Radio on Monday morning that evidence was mounting that indicated Russian involvement.Russia has denied any involvement in the attack against the Skripals, and has accused the government of waging an anti-Russian campaign. The Russians have also said they would assist with the investigation if asked by the British authorities.Skripal was a retired Russian double agent, who was convicted in Russia in 2006 of spying for British intelligence. In 2010 he was involved in a prisoner exchange alongside the Americans after 10 sleeper agents were discovered spying for Russia in the U.S.Skripal was pardoned the following year and has been living in the U.K. under his own name. His daughter Yulia, who lives in Russia, was visiting her father when the two fell suddenly ill and collapsed on a park bench in the city center, having visited an Italian restaurant and a nearby pub.Both areas have been cordoned off by police for a week. Police said that “traces” of the nerve agent were found at Zizzi’s restaurant.On Sunday, a week after the incident took place, authorities asked hundreds of members of the public who visited either location on March 4 to thoroughly wash and wipe down their personal belongings, but stressed there was a low risk to the public.Military personnel are assisting local police and counterterrorism forces in Salisbury, with chemical warfare specialists and elite Royal Marines troops among the units deployed. Hundreds of investigators and counterterror experts, as well as forensic specialists from a nearby military research facility, are involved in the investigation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Jazz run out of steam and can’t contain Westbrook in tough loss to Oklahoma City

first_img Related We ran out of steam a little bit emotionally. We’ve got to be able to play through that. We need to have a little more in the tank late. – Quin SnyderOKLAHOMA CITY — For several years, Chesapeake Energy Arena has been one of the toughest places for the Jazz to win a ball game. The last time they won here in October of 2010, Donovan Mitchell was in junior high school.For most of Tuesday night’s game, it looked like the Jazz were going to break through and finally defeat Oklahoma City on its home court for the first time in seven years and a dozen tries. The Jazz were sinking shots and playing aggressive defense as they built up a 17-point lead against the Thunder and appeared to be on their way to their seventh straight win of the season.Then, a combination of Russell Westbrook coming alive and the Jazz running out of gas happened.Westbrook scored 17 points and had nine rebounds and eight assists in the second half on his way to a 34-point, 14-assist, 13-rebound triple-double night against a Jazz team that had played the night before in Salt Lake City. The Thunder rallied to a 100-94 victory.Meanwhile, the Jazz, who had crushed the Washington Wizards by 47 points Monday at Vivint Arena in one of their best games of the season, suddenly looked sluggish in the fourth quarter, as they couldn’t make a basket, going just 6 for 20 and turning the ball over at key times.When asked about his team’s struggles at the end when they were outscored 45-22 over the final 16 minutes of the game, the first thing Jazz coach Quin Snyder mentioned was Westbrook.“Russell Westbrook, the MVP of the league, got going in the third quarter,” he said. “He gave them a lot of energy and gave them points.”Snyder also said his team was spent, both physically and emotionally.“We ran out of steam a little bit emotionally,” Snyder said. “We’ve got to be able to play through that. We need to have a little more in the tank late.”The Jazz had another terrific performance from Mitchell, who has been on fire lately, as he finished with a game-high 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range and four assists and five steals. Thabo Sefolosha finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and four steals in a fine performance off the bench, and Alec Burks also scored 11 in a reserve role. Joe Ingles finished with 16 points.The Jazz, who matched a season high with 16 steals on the night, had taken it to the Thunder from the opening tip as they sank their first four shots and raced to an 11-4 lead early. They never trailed in the first half as they led 28-19 after the first quarter and 47-39 at halftime.Utah built up its lead to 72-55 at the 4:13 mark of the third quarter on a driving layup by Burks, but then Westbrook came alive.After not scoring in the third to that point, Westbrook knocked down a 3-pointer, then scored eight more points before the end of the quarter to bring OKC within 12 at 80-68. Then, with Westbrook on the bench, the Thunder closed the gap behind Paul George and Jerami Grant as the Jazz went cold.When Westbrook re-entered the game at the 7:30 mark, the lead was down to six and he immediately hit a pull-up jumper from 15 feet. The first lead for OKC came with 4:10 left on a running layup by Westbrook, and the Thunder broke away from a 92-92 tie with seven straight points to put the game away.Snyder was generally positive about his team’s performance, but was unhappy with a couple of offensive rebounds late by Steven Adams that killed the Jazz.“Late, we weren’t able to secure a couple of defensive rebounds,” Snyder said. “The offensive rebounds are killers. If we get a defensive rebound we get a chance to play in flow and the game doesn’t stagnate in the halfcourt.”Adams finished with 20 points and nine rebounds, including six on the offensive glass. George added 21 points, while Carmelo Anthony scored 14 points.“I thought it was a great win, considering the way we played in the first half,” said OKC coach Billy Donovan. “I though Russell and his never-say-die attitude when we got down there, just kept us alive.”The Jazz return home to face Houston Thursday night at home before embarking on their six-game road trip, beginning with Milwaukee Saturday night. Snyder expects Thunder to keep getting better 3 keys in the Utah Jazz 100-94 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunders Snyder happy with Jazz play as team faces toughest test of the year vs. Rocketslast_img read more