Modern Methods of Construction: Fire Damage and Domestic Properties

24 Jan 2022

Welcome to our Property Damage podcast series on Modern Methods of Construction and the risk of fire.

In this episode, Matthew Lowry, Solicitor at BLM is joined by Ruth Beck, Head of Home Technical Claims at LV= to discuss Domestic Properties.

Unfortunately, it appears that fires involving properties developed using modern methods of construction and have become more common and of increasing severity. In this episode, Matthew and Ruth consider:

  • The main issues / emerging trends they are seeing with domestic fires.
  • The steps insurers can take to mitigate these issues.
  • Examples of lack of cavities and poor fire stopping in domestic properties built using modern methods.
  • The effect of the Building Safety Bill on improving safety and lowering the risk of fires in domestic properties.

Take a listen here:

It is clear that this is a new area with many unknowns which unless clarified, could place home owners at serious risk of life-threatening injury and could leave insurers exposed to risks in terms of policy cover which they would have been otherwise unaware of.

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Disclaimer: This document does not present a complete or comprehensive statement of the law, nor does it constitute legal advice. It is intended only to highlight issues that may be of interest to clients of BLM. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in any particular case.

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