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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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CITY firm Withers has elected the head of its family law department, Diana Parker, as its new senior partner. Parker, 40, is believed to be the youngest senior partner of any firm in the Top 100. She is also thought to be the first female senior partner of a City firm, although there are already […]

US duo in $19bn share deal

The Japanese offices of two US firms are advising the Japanese telecoms operator NTT DoCoMo and the underwriters in the world’s largest ever share issue – expected to raise $19bn. Sullivan & Cromwell’s Robert De La Mater, in Hong Kong, and Izumi Akai and Mark Hunsaker, in Tokyo, are advising the issuer. Simpson Thacher & […]

Simmons dismisses hacker threat to launch intranet first

Simmons & Simmons is set to become the first firm in the UK to link all of its IT systems and confidential information to an intranet. Simmons has emulated the BBC and NatWest Global Markets by buying the US Web-based IT system Open Text Livelink for a “significant six-figure” investment. By next summer, every document […]

TSG demands explanation about 'crippling' LPC fees

The Trainee Solicitors Group (TSG) has slammed providers of the Legal Practice Course (LPC) after a survey revealed it costs over twice as much as the previous Law Society Finals (LSF). Average LPC fees are now #5,600, compared to #2,790 for LSF when it last ran in 1992. The TSG also says LPC fees rise […]

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