James Russell
Director at Building and Land

Back to Normal (ish)

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

It feels great to be back in the office (which is in Leicestershire, not in Leicester I hasten to add) and see friends and colleagues that make up the team at BLG. Okay, it’s a little different to how it was. Social distancing is very much in place, temperature checks are regularly taken and hands […]

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We love our NHS

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

Times like this bring out the good in people. Nowhere does this ring more true than with the people that make up our NHS. NHS staff are working tirelessly on all our behalves, putting themselves at risk and doing all they can to protect us. Regrettably I have personal experience of this over the past […]

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COVID-19

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

‘Providing certainty in uncertain times’ – this is what our clients want from us. I’m pleased to say that is what we provide. In these unusual times we continue to look after our clients with the reliability and expertise you expect from us. We are of course observing the government directives and therefore have many […]

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The Building Warranty Market

By James Russell In Warranties No comments

Well, what an interesting time to be a specialist in the “Latent Defects” and “Insurance Backed Guarantee” market. Two years ago, insurers were falling over themselves to take on these types of policies. Availability of cover was widespread, costs were low and policies easy to obtain. Then we saw a few seismic changes: The withdrawal […]

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The Curious Case of the Confusing Roofing Guarantee

By James Russell In Insurance No comments

I like a good read. My last read was a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. I thoroughly enjoyed it as you can tell from the title of this blog. What has this got to do with roofing guarantees, you ask? Well, some roofing guarantees are genuinely backed by insurers, wheras others are imposters merely pretending to […]

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Merry Christmas Everyone!

By James Russell In Uncategorized No comments

It’s been a good year for BLG and that is thanks to all the great people we work with. Most important of all are our clients. A great big thank you to you all for working with us for another year and we look forward to working with you again next year. To deliver our […]

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Basement Extensions and Conversions

By James Russell In Building Renovation No comments

Increasingly homeowners in major cities are looking to build down rather than out or up. Simple reason – cities are running out of space! Naturally this is concentrated more in the central London area, but this trend is spreading across the UK. Generally focused on affluent areas of central city locations, property owners find themselves […]

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Modular Buildings and Government Targets

By James Russell In Buildings No comments

Modular builds have rightly been given priority by government departments looking to streamline construction across the education, defence, health, justice and transport sectors. All well and good, you may say. It makes sense to use a system which enables these much needed public institutions to be built quicker and more economically, so this is to […]

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Introducing Owen Wright

By James Russell In BLG Updates No comments

Today we introduce Owen Wright, a veritable veteran of the insurance world. With over 25 years’ experience in the sector (yes he really is that old) Owen has seen the insurance world from all sides. Having worked for insurers, loss adjusters and brokers, he has a great understanding of the ins and outs of insurance. […]

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Now We are all Cricket Fans!

By James Russell In News & Current Affairs No comments

Well, It has been buzzing in our offices this morning as everybody talks about THAT final bowl. New Zealand needed two runs and they got one. Phew! People in our offices range from those who can tell you the permutations of exactly what “silly mid-on” is, to those who watched it for the first time […]

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