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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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Rent dispute reaches the Lords

The Law Lords have granted leave for an appeal by the London Assessment Committee. Curtis v Chairwoman of the London Rent Assessment Committee involves annual rents registered for two flats in an East London block in June 1993. A rent officer registered rents of £3,900 and £3,640 while the landlord argued for higher figures. In […]

In brief: Cobbetts introduces annual review process

Manchester firm Cobbetts has introduced a performance review process for all its partners – from the senior partner down to the most junior. Each partner will have an annual performance review – together with a formal interim review after six months – and will be assessed on objective measures, according to partner Stephen Benson. Management […]

In brief: Beachcrofts and Wansbroughs vote on merger

Partners at Beachcroft Stanleys and Wansbrough Willey Hargrave were understood last week to be voting on the final details of the proposed merger between the two firms. Lord Hunt of Wirral, Beachcrofts’ senior partner, would not confirm that the vote was taking place but said: “We are closer to a final decision. The discussions have […]

In brief: Bar Council and Govt discuss new fee system

The Bar Council is in talks with the Government to introduce a transparent and accountable fee system. Bar Council chairman Heather Hallett QC said that although much of the criminal Bar’s work is already covered by fixed fee rates, the Bar wanted to widen that scheme so that all criminal cases have pre-negotiated fees.

Is flexible working a waste of time?

Richard Tyler looks at how some visionary firms are aiming to retain top staff by letting them work from home. Long hours and the legal profession go together like paracetamol and a hangover – one naturally follows the other. But for some lawyers this is a bitter pill to swallow. For them, a successful legal […]

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