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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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Appleby establishes Hong Kong litigation practice

Offshore firm Appleby is continuing its investment in both litigation and the Far East by setting up a dispute resolution team in Hong Kong. Litigation partner Eliot Simpson is relocating to Hong Kong in July from the British Virgin Islands, accompanied by senior associate Joanne Collett. Simpson is qualified in BVI, Cayman Islands and Jersey […]

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Landmark barrister defeats appeal over Dale Farm evictions

Basildon Borough Council’s in-house lawyers have successfully defended the latest Dale Farm legal action in the Court of Appeal. The authority instructed Landmark Chambers barrister Galina Ward, who persuaded appeal judges Sir Andrew Morritt and Lord Justices Patten and Pitchford that her client had not acted unreasonably or unlawfully in the eviction row over the […]

Midnight mini-boom

Stamp duty hike has private client lawyers in a wine-bar whirl A number of property lawyers were reported to be thrashing out late-night deals in wine bars following last Wednesday’s Budget. Desperate to help clients avoid the midnight stamp duty increase on homes worth more than £2m, hasty negotiations created a mini-boom for quick-moving property […]

BBC Worldwide GC: Thinking outside the box

Television is a lot more than what appears on the screen. BBC Worldwide general counsel Martyn Freeman has a lot to keep up with Having spent the past 17 years working for the BBC, Martyn Freeman was an obvious choice when BBC Worldwide decided to appoint its first ­general counsel in November 2011. As a […]

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