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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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UK lawyers are more willing to slam trial by television

UK and US lawyers found themselves on opposite sides of the fence in a controversial ABA debate on trial by television. The argument was triggered by the OJ Simpson trial. Simpson was seen on national television driving at top speed away from chasing police cars before being apprehended. The public has been well-informed on the […]

Audit Commission warns of financial fraud

The chance of financial fraud is increasing among the privatised areas in the public service sector, says the Audit Commission in its annual report. The commission blames blurring of accountability, leading to “increased risks of waste and more opportunities for dishonesty”. The incidence of fraud in local government appears low but there are “some signs […]

Paisners claims Esop first

City firm Paisner & Co claims to have set up the first statutory employee share option scheme (Esop) since Government reforms to Esop legislation in the 1994 Finance Act in May The scheme involves Tullis Russell, a Scottish papermaking and specialist coating business valued at u37 million. Paisners partner David Cohen says the reforms are […]

Groups support civil service tribunal role

GOVERNMENT plans to let civil service lawyers sit as part-time tribunal chairs may improve the judicial prospects of women and ethnic minority lawyers, say lobby groups. And while the Lord Chancellor’s decision does not go far enough for some civil service lawyers, they say the move will also increase their chances for career changes by […]

QUADS

Sussex firm Rawlison & Butler has launched a new debt recovery package, QUADS. The package is designed to produce step-by-step progress reports prior to commencement of proceedings, judgment in default and enforcement with cost estimates.

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