Further to my earlier post on the imported panels in the London Fire

It will probably come as no surprise to those in the insurance industry that the company that imported the panels allegedly involved in the London fire this week has had what appears to be a checked past.

It is being reported that the firm that provided the cladding for the Grenfell estate was Harley Curtain Wall, according to the Architects Journal. That firm went into administration two years ago.


It is alleged that Raymond and Belinda Bailey were director and secretary of Harley Curtain Wall, responsible for the £2.6 million cladding project at the block of flats that caught fire. As we see so often here, the business went bust in 2015, shortly after the work, owing creditors more than £1 million.

It was then bought by another of Mr Bailey’s firms, Harley Facades, based in East Sussex.

It this is correct it is not surprising that reports are coming through suggesting that the doors were locked at the offices of Harley Facades and that staff were ordered not to speak to the press and to direct questions to a London crisis communications firm. I am sure any innocent staff are feeling enormous stress about the incident and at the same time worried about their own future and that of their employer at this time.

What I am seeing here is that tradies are buying imported building materials such as paneling, electrical wiring and other building materials on price alone and are left holding the bag when the importer goes into liquidation. I repeat my earlier comment. It is not all about price. Think of the risk that is potentially coming your way if you install products that are non compliant.

Brokers, you guys have a role in spreading the word about the risk that they are taking on and the exposures around product recall, and rectifying faulty workmanship, particularly the exposure around the cost of replacing the faulty product which is specifically excluded under public and product liability policies.

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