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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?

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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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O’Brien withdraws as Freshfields election kicks off

The Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer senior partner election kicked off yesterday with partners set to choose German senior partner Konstantin Mettenheimer with either Guy Morton, Graham Nicholson or Philip Richards. Corporate partner Barry O’Brien has withdrawn his candidacy. It is understood that O’Brien withdrew due to the ongoing Law Society investigation into Freshfields’ conflict of interest […]

Watson Burton picks up Pinsent Masons chief

North East firm Watson Burton has poached Pinsent Masons‘ head of employment in a boost to its labour law practice. John McMullen becomes Watson Burton’s fourth employment partner and will be based in the firm’s Leeds office. McMullen is a European employment law specialist and also has considerable expertise in transfer of undertaking work. Litigation […]

Two IP partners quit Field Fisher Waterhouse

Field Fisher Waterhouse’s respected IT and IP team was reeling last week after two partners resigned in consecutive days. Senior IT/IP litigator Mark Lewis resigned for IBB Solicitors one day and respected patent litigator Jonathan Radcliffe quit for Nabarro Nathanson the next. A Field Fisher spokesperson said: “The two resignations are not linked and we […]

US advisers win increased confidence from in-housers

US law firms received a vote of confidence last week as chief legal officers reported increased satisfaction in their law firms for the first time in six years. An annual chief legal officer (CLO) survey, carried out by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and management consultants Altman Weil, has found that in-house counsel are generally more satisfied […]

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