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Environmental change means conveyancing profession needs to guard against ‘Michael Fish moments’

Geoff Offen, Managing Director at Future Climate Info (FCI) comments on the 30-year-anniversary of “The Great Storm” and the infamous Michael Fish gaffe:

“It’s been 30 years since the weatherman Michael Fish’s infamous gaffe of dismissing the imminent arrival of Britain’s biggest storm on record. Unfortunately, even after all this time, we’re all still too dismissive of the power and destruction weather can inflict upon our homes each year.

The Great Storm of 1987 caused £2 billion in damage, or £5.073 billion in today’s money. Around one in six homes are at risk of flooding from a storm or heavy rain in the UK today – homebuyers and owners need to be better informed and prepared for flooding with an increased sense of urgency.

As once-a-century storms become annual events all over the world, conveyancers and legal professionals need to avoid their own potential ‘Michael Fish moments’ and better prepare clients to understand and protect their properties against flood damage and other environmental risks. There is no longer a place for professionals willing to dismiss the risks as the infamous weatherman did 30 years ago.”

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