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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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Family law mediation launch by Conquest

NATIONAL Solicitors Network Conquest is to launch a family mediation programme to enable members to integrate Lord Mackay’s recommendations on mediation-related client support into their own practices. Members voted overwhelmingly to introduce the new initiative following the recent release of the White Paper on divorce reform. Network chair Richard Berenson welcomes the positive response from […]

Stone heads Barings action group

SJ Berwin consultant Jonathan Stone has been appointed as chair of the Barings Perpetual Noteholders Action Group (BPNAG), which seeks action to recoup losses to members following the collapse of merchant bank Barings. The BPNAG group represents more than 50 per cent of the 100 million bearer notes outstanding. Stone says: “A substantial fighting fund […]

Building societies attack retainer plan

Building society chiefs are set to provide more quality work to corporate law firms while continuing a tough line on poor standards, negligence and fraud among conveyancers. And Law Society efforts on default issues are seen as protectionist attempts to preserve work for an over-populated profession. Building Societies Association (BSA) deputy director general Ron Armstrong, […]

Eviction challenge

The Public Law Project is challenging a council’s power to evict trespassers such as New Age travellers. Last year’s Criminal Justice and Public Order Act gave authorities the right to order trespassers off private property, with magistrates granting an eviction order if they refuse. Lawyers for the travellers, supported by the project, will argue the […]

Fees attacks weaken aid: Goldsmith

John Malpas reports BAR Council chair Peter Goldsmith has defended the fees paid out to the silks involved in the Barlow Clowes fraud trial. Details of the fees were released by the Lord Chancellor’s Department just days before the publication of the Green Paper on legal aid reform. Complaining of “unwarranted and misleading” attacks on […]

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