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Thursday 18 January 2024

The implications of the Building Safety Act
Jason Bird - Addleshaw Goddard
James Shackleton - Addleshaw Goddard 
Judith Schul
z - Arup

Venue: The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

The Building Safety Act provides far reaching reforms "to give residents and homeowners more rights, powers, and protections – so homes across the country are safer".  It offers protection for qualifying leaseholders from the costs associated with remediating historical building safety defects, and an ambitious toolkit of measures that will allow those responsible for building safety defects to be held to account.

Duty holders such as the Principal Designer and Principal Contractor under the Act will be required to manage building safety risks, with clear lines of responsibility during the design, construction and completion of all buildings. Accountable persons will need to demonstrate that they have effective, proportionate measures in place to manage building safety risks in the higher-risk buildings for which they are responsible.

Come and join us as our expert panel discuss:

  • What are the Act's key aims?

  • Who will benefit from the legislation?

  • What are the main implications?

  • What does it mean for the design and construction industry?


Jason Bird
Addleshaw Goddard
Jason is experienced in acting for a number of construction professionals (architects, engineers, contractors, surveyors and various consultants) and their professional indemnity insurers against a wide variety of Technology and Construction Court claims, adjudications, mediations and Health and Safety Executive investigations. Jason has a particular interest and expertise in fire/building safety and has acted on behalf of Core Participant in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

James Shackleton
Addleshaw Goddard
James has extensive experience advising both Employer and Contractor clients on dispute avoidance and dispute resolution in both the domestic and international market.
He has advised on all of the major dispute resolution forums: High Court, Court of Appeal, arbitration, statutory and contractual adjudication, mediation, conciliation, expert determination and DAB, and on a wide range of disputes arising out of both standard form contracts and bespoke terms and conditions including disputes as to time and cost overruns, variations and omissions, unforeseen ground conditions, defects (including fire and building safety defects), bonds and guarantees given in support of a project, the calling of bonds and on both obtaining and discharging injunctive relief in a wide variety of circumstances.
Judith Schulz
Judith Schulz is a Director of Arup and a Chartered Engineer with the Institute of Fire Engineers. She co-leads a team of 120+ strong fire safety engineers and consultants. She is a member of several industry, British Standards and government working groups on fire safety.  
With over 18 years of experience in the UK and internationally, Judith has worked on many high profile and award-winning projects in a wide range of sectors, and different regulatory systems. She leads fire safety input to major projects, including e.g. the London 2012 Olympic Main Stadium, The Shard, Heathrow Airport, and the appraisal of existing residential buildings including LPS structures. 
She provides strategic fire safety advice to clients with large building portfolios and has led also major research initiatives seeking to answer uncomfortable questions when seeking to deploy mass timber at novel scales. She is an integrator, comfortable working across a range of disciplines to create solutions that consider fire safety holistically.

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