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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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Over here and over paid

It has been interesting to follow reports on the escalation of solicitors’ salaries which, except for the US dimension, is reminiscent of the mid-1980s when Gouldens determined to pay in excess of all City firms for newly qualifieds. Back then Gouldens decided on a heady £15,000 against a benchmark of around £12,500. What was less […]

Eurotunnel to boost in-house to take on extra workload

Eurotunnel is looking for an extra three in-house lawyers to cope with a “substantial increase” in its workload, which has resulted from new investment to boost freight services. Head of legal Philip Dewast, based at Eurotunnel’s headquarters in France, says that he will be looking for new recruits to deal mainly with commercial and contract […]

Digests

Norton Rose has announced the promotion of 14 new partners in a move designed to meet the increasing demands of international clients and support the firm’s strategic growth plans. The main expansion areas are banking and corporate finance, each with four new partners, and litigation with three new partners. In the international offices, Chris Viner […]

Russell Jones opens office in Edinburgh

UK firm Russell Jones & Walker has announced that it is to open an office in Edinburgh. The firm plans to offer a full range of legal services, including personal injury, clinical negligence and employment advice. Derek Reekie, partner at Drummond Miller, plans to join Russell Jones & Walker to head the new venture which […]

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Davis Polk & Wardwell represented Morgan Stanley Dean Witter Capital Partners in relation to a £20m equity investment in Riversoft Technologies. Davis Polk’s team of eight in New York and London included corporate partners John Bick and John McCarthy. Slaughter and May provided UK advice while Riversoft was advised by Steinhart & Falconer.

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