“These are the biggest changes to building safety legislation for nearly 40 years,” declared minister for fire and building safety Lord Greenhalgh following the publication of the draft Building Safety Bill last week.

“As a government, we are determined to learn the lessons from that fateful night at Grenfell Tower and ensure that a tragedy like this doesn’t happen again,” he added.

The draft proposes four main changes to the system: establishing a new building safety regulator; assigning an accountable person for all buildings more than 18m tall; introducing a new regime for design and construction; and creating an ombudsman for new homes.

Kizzy Augustin analyses in Property Week the significance and impact of the changes proposed in the draft bill. 

The draft Building Safety Bill sets out an overhaul of the system is available to read on the Property Week website via subscription. 

Kizzy is a partner in the fraud and criminal litigation team, specialising in health and safety. She is a solicitor advocate with Higher Rights of Audience. She appears regularly as an advocate in court proceedings, employment tribunals (for appealing Improvement and Prohibition notices) and Coroners' inquests.

Kizzy has a particular interest in the law relating to directors' health and safety duties and health and safety issues within the construction, care homes, environmental, manufacturing, fire, rail and retail industries. She has represented those alleged to have breached health and safety legislation in interviews under caution and in court, if proceedings are ultimately brought against them.