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Unprecedented sector changes for housing standards

By Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill passed its Second Reading at the beginning of 2018. The Bill has support from both landlord and tenant-focused organisations, who are eager for it to pass into law. Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan […]

Anti-variation clauses: Valid after all

By Gwendoline Davies  In 2016 the Court of Appeal ruled that anti-variation clauses in commercial contracts had no legal effect and that contracts could be varied despite prior express restrictions to the contrary.  That has now been unanimously overturned by the Supreme Court in MWB Business Exchange Centres Ltd v Rock Advertising Ltd.  Walker Morris’ Head of […]

Social housing monthly law update – May 2018

By David Isaacson TLT’s monthly law update on all things affecting social housing Highlights this month include: ICO produces lawful basis interactive guidance tool Government consults on proposals to toughen rules on building safety Funding for supported housing: Government response published MHCLG announces plans for mandatory code of practice for letting and managing agents Land […]

GDPR enforcement and penalties: What you need to know

The General Data Protection Regulation will come into force on 25 May 2018 and brings with it new and improved regulatory powers for the Information Commissioner’s Office. What will this mean for businesses facing a data breach under the new GDPR regime?

Dutch law firms together against cybercrime

A number of Dutch firms have announced they will work together to fight cybercrime and digital threats. This group, in the event of proven success, looks forward to connecting with other law firms…

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Narrowing down the issues

Marion Golding says that success lies in opposing expert witnesses identifying areas where they can and cannot agree. Marion Golding is a senior litigation solicitor at Lovell White Durrant. Lord Woolf’s proposals for expert witnesses, now endorsed by Sir Peter Middleton, have also been accepted by the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine. It is only a […]

Paying the price for a lack of leadership

The Bar’s response to Lord Irvine’s attack on the civil legal aid scheme recommending the closer monitoring of costs in long-running criminal cases and the extension of graduated fees seems a sensible solution. However, observers are entitled to ask why these steps were not taken before now. Neither the Bar nor the Law Society have […]

Hill Samuel to keep Jersey brand in Lloyds/TSB merger

HILL Samuel’s Jersey-based private banking operations will remain unchanged when parent bank Lloyds/TSB unveils its merged offshore retail banking operations in the New Year, says Lloyds/TSB Jersey director Mark Smith. Both Hill Samuel and Lloyds’ private banking operations will continue to operate separately with distinct brands and client lists. Hill Samuel has built a strong […]

Bar Council accepts need for advocacy qualification

THE BAR Council has for the first time conceded that employed barristers may have to pass a special test before being let loose in the higher courts. At the Bar Council meeting on 14 November, Jonathan Hirst QC said that the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct (Aclec) had indicated that it […]

Rent valuation expert vindicated?

Roger Pearson looks at a case that has not quite rocked the property world, but has provided pointers towards determining rents. Mr justice Neuberger recently rejected a £2m claim in the Chancery Division against valuation expert Peter Morgan for allegedly negligently undervaluing a major store unit in the Lewisham Centre. Had the decision gone the […]

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