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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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Stephenson Harwood has lost one of the rising stars from its real estate team. Stephenson Harwood has lost one of the rising stars from its real estate team. Property finance specialist Justin Webb, a partner at the firm since 2003, is joining Taylor Wessing in February. His hire follows that of former Norton Rose environmental […]

MBO sees Cripps Portfolio quit firm

Cripps Harries Hall is set to see turnover drop by 25 per cent this year as its investment and wealth management arm completes a management buyout (MBO). Cripps Portfolio, which has renamed itself Heartwood Wealth Management, carried out the MBO late last year. However, some partners at Cripps still own minority stakes in the business, […]

MoD dumps Simmons from panel

Simmons & Simmons projects practice has lost its most important client following the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) latest review of its legal panel for projects. The MoD cut its legal panel from 12 to 8 in the review, with half of the existing firms retaining their place. Two new firms were added – Herbert Smith […]

CEDR Solve mediation panel boosted with the recruitment of twenty-eight mediators

The Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) has welcomed a bumper intake of new mediators to its independent mediation panel. A total of 28 mediators, including lawyers, accountants and consultants, have joined the CEDR Solve panel after an intensive selection process. The new mediators include former European Court of Justice judge Sir David Edward QC […]

Norton Rose aims to rebuild with new banking head

Norton Rose’s global head of banking Jeffery Barratt is stepping down to be replaced by the firm’s London banking head Stephen Parish. Barratt will return to full-time client work in the reshuffle, which sees Parish assume responsibility for the banking and finance work of Norton Rose’s 19 international offices. Parish said: “I’m obviously of the […]

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