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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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Powell Gilbert secures House of Lords patent clarification

IP boutique Powell Gilbert has won its first House of Lords decision since it split from Bristows in March, clarifying the rules on patent ownership in the process. Powell Gilbert is acting for Yeda Research and Development in its long-running battle for patent ownership against biotech companies Rhone-Poulenc Rorer and Imclone. The patent at stake […]

Bar room blitz

The English bar is in high demand in the world’s offshore centres. Three of the bar’s key figures explain why The offshore legal market has seen a massive boom in litigation, providing increasing opportunities to the English legal profession. But how does the bar fit into this arena? Stephen Moverley Smith QC, XXIV Old Buildings(pictured) […]

Righting the wrongs

Law Society of Zimbabwe head Beatrice Mtetwa has been beaten and persecuted. Now she is looking for international support in her quest for justice She’s an albatross around the neck of the legal profession”; “The belly of the beast”; the head of a “guild without lawyers”. These are the accusations laid at the door of […]

Sharing the load

According to research by Affiniti, demand by employees to work at home is set to rise to two-thirds of the UK workplace by 2011. This is not a statistic that any organisation can choose to ignore, let alone the legal industry, which is renowned for its long-hours culture. Working at home is not the only […]

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