Freshfields set to ditch all-equity partnership

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Joining the procession of relocating lawyers was in-house lawyer David Jackson, who moved to Shoosmiths‘ Birmingham office from global catering group Compass. As first reported by The Lawyer (17 April), Jackson joined Shoosmiths as a partner as part of the firm’s push to expand its Midlands presence. Also making a move was Hammonds’ former Birmingham corporate head David Hull, […]

The benefits of a pro bono secondment

Most leading lawyers obviously want to work with great clients doing first-class commercial work. Yet increasingly lawyers and trainees are interested in opportunities that take them beyond the day-to-day work of their career with their firm. Many study law because they have a strong interest in justice, including social justice. Many also have a strong […]

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East Anglia has become the first place in the UK to embrace collaborative law – a new way to keep divorce settlements out of the courts. By Roger Bamber Collaborative law is a new type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) used in divorce cases in place of the traditional court-based route. It was introduced to […]

Gleiss helps kill off ‘locust’ tag

Private equity houses have famously been described as locusts (Heuschrecken) in Germany, but it looks as if Gleiss Lutz could have acted on the deal that will change this perception. Herbert Smith’s German ally advised regular client Blackstone on its first-ever investment in a government-controlled company. Blackstone acquired a 4.5 per cent, E2.68bn (£1.82bn) stake […]

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