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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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Turcan Connell plans in-house finance service

Edinburgh firm Turcan Connell, the private client offshoot of Dundas & Wilson, is to launch an in-house investment management service later this year. The seven-partner firm, which opened its doors last month and which has remained in the same building as its old firm, has appointed Peter Rintoul as its investment director. Rintoul, a chartered […]

Take a risk by being positive

Risk management is a concept which does not sit easily with the legal profession. But lawyers are soon to have a rude awakening on this front when Lord Irvine’s reforms begin to take shape. The idea is that, since they make money out of cases, they should be willing to fork out money to support […]

Gray's Inn helps out over-taxed practices

In an innovative commercial move, tax specialist set Gray’s Inn Chambers is outsourcing three of its junior barristers to at least six City and commercial solicitors’ firms with over-stretched tax departments. The trio – Conrad McDonnell, Hugh McKay and Aparna Nathan – charges an hourly rate, effectively acting as assistant solicitors. The three attend meetings […]

Macfarlanes Top 100 info

I refer to the Top 100 table which appeared in the student supplement of The Lawyer (28 October). I am writing to point out that the information that we provided for the table made it clear that Macfarlanes provides course fees and maintenance for both the CPE and LPC. The maintenance is currently £3,500 per […]

Selling the skills of the star silks

Chambers have reluctantly accepted the value of marketing, but how best to do it remains a mystery to most barristers. When it comes to marketing barristers’ chambers what solicitor can resist a stack of glossy brochures, a couple of cold calls and the odd glass of warm Chardonnay? Surprisingly enough, quite a few. The Bar’s […]

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