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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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The Bar Council has drawn up a blueprint to extend direct access between clients and barristers. The plan, devised by a working party under James Munby QC, suggests members of certain bodies – including building societies, housing associations, trade unions and financial service providers – be allowed to approach barristers directly. Munby also repeats the […]

In brief: Freshfields recruits Wilde Sapte partner

Pratap Amin, a corporate and banking lawyer, will be joining Freshfields in London as a partner next month, with a brief to develop the firm’s business in India. Amin was previously a partner at Wilde Sapte.

New DPP can breathe life into moribund CPS

The new Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), David Calvert-Smith QC, has a mountain to climb. Not only has he inherited an institution whose employee morale is at an all time low, but he will also have to lead it into a period of major change. Calvert-Smith’s appointment will be a popular one at the Bar. […]

Insurance lawyers rage against fees

THE Forum of Insurance Lawyers (Foil) has reacted with fury to the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine’s announcement that success fees and insurance premiums will be recoverable by plaintiffs in conditional fee cases. Foil president Martin Bruffell slated the move as “political expediency” and said the group had calculated it would cost the taxpayer “at least […]

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