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Battle to stop another disaster

26th June 2017 - The Sun

Up to 40,000 people face being told to leave their homes as 34 high-rise tower blocks are deemed unsafe after Grenfell Tower fire.

Hundreds spent a second night sleeping on airbeds at a leisure centre after being evacuated from high-rise blocks. Homeless evacuees at a leisure centre in Swiss Cottage, North London after their tower block was deemed unsafe.

Others were put up in hotels or staying with friends after Camden Council in North London asked them to move out amid chaotic scenes. Many spent the night on the floor at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre.

Jayesh Kunwardia, Head of Social Housing, states the evacuation has been handled appallingly and offers housing advice to Chalcots Estate residents.

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Forced to sleep in cars, threatened with ‘intentional homelessness’ and still no money: Fresh hell for Grenfell Tower survivors with many denied £5,000 relief cash ‘because they don’t have ID’

21st June 2017 - Mail Online

Grenfell Tower survivors are being let down by the botched response effort to the horrific blaze, those helping them have said.
Nearly a week on from the tower block blaze that killed at least 79 people, some of those displaced by the fire have been forced to sleep in their cars while others have been prevented from claiming promised cash.
Some of those who lost their flats in the blaze fear being declared ‘intentionally homeless’ – meaning authorities no longer has a responsibility to house them – if they refuse to a move outside the area.

Social Housing Partner Jayesh Kunwardia comments on the lack of clarity over housing policy and the unfair impact of refusing temporary accommodation could have on Grenfell survivors.

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Barclays to face fraud charges, SFO announces

21st June 2017 - The Law Society Gazette

The Serious Fraud Office has charged Barclays and four of its former executives with conspiracy to commit fraud. The charges, which also include the provision of unlawful financial assistance, were announced today. They relate to fundraising arrangements by the bank during the financial crisis in 2008 when it raised billions of pounds from Qatar to stay afloat.

According to the SFO, the charges concern Barclays’s capital raising arrangements with sovereign wealth fund Qatar Holding LLC and Challenger Universal Ltd as well as a $3 billion (£2.3bn) loan facility made available to the State of Qatar acting through the Ministry of Economy and Finance in 2008.

Former chief executive John Varley is among the charged as well as senior executives Roger Jenkins, Thomas Kalaris and Richard Boath.

Barclays plc, Varley, Jenkins, Kalaris and Boath have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in relation to capital raising in June 2008.

In addition, Barclays, Varley and Jenkins have been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation in relation to capital raising in October 2008 as well as with unlawful financial assistance.

Jenkins, who is now based in the US, is being represented by Brad Kaufman, of international firm Greenberg Traurig.

Barclays said it is ‘considering its position’ in relation to the developments.

The defendants are scheduled to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at on 3 July.

Raj Chada, Criminal Defence partner, comments…

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