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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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Eversheds partner comments on chancellor’s potential business rates measures

David McGuirk, partner and rates expert at Eversheds, has commented on potential measures on business rates to be announced in the chancellor’s Autumn Statement, stating that a well-conceived change to UK business rates structure would ease retailer burden. He said: ‘The business rates system has come under serious scrutiny and criticism in recent years. The hike in rates […]

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Kingsley Napley hires Mishcon partner Harris to launch media and reputation group

Kingsley Napley has raided Mishcon de Reya for media partner Charlotte Harris, who is set to kickstart the firm’s new media and reputation management group. Harris, who has been at Mishcon since March 2011 (10 January 2011), is set to join her new firm in January 2015. Prior to joining Mishcon, Harris headed up the […]

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Linklaters’ Simon Davies: “The magic circle isn’t what it used to be”

This week Linklaters’ governing bodies, long-defended lockstep and US game plan came under scrutiny from partners in the first bi-annual partner meeting in six years. Is the firm at a crossroads of identity? Managing partner Simon Davies says it is the magic circle suffering the branding crisis, not Linklaters. “There is a point about longevity […]

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