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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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Hogan attacked in ‘shock and awe’ ad

Hogan & Hartson was on the receiving end of a “shock and awe” advertising campaign last week, with a former client canvassing for others feeling short-changed by the Washington firm. The campaign, which featured in last Friday’s New York Times and other publications, asked: “Have you recently been represented by the law firm of Hogan […]

KKR turns to Simpson Thacher for first general counsel

Private equity giant Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) has handed a Simpson Thacher & Bartlett corporate partner the role of its first ever general counsel. New York-based partner David Sorkin will spearhead the group’s legal team after working at the US firm for 20 years. It has been reported that KKR has considered appointing a general […]

Dewey helps russia’s NCSP with LSE float

Dewey & LeBoeuf has advised Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port (NCSP) on its $955m (£461.21m) IPO on the London Stock Exchange, resulting in a post-IPO valuation of NCSP of $4.9bn (£2.34bn). NCSP is Russia’s largest commercial sea port operator. Dewey’s London capital markets partner Federico Salinas led the team, which included London associates Kirsten Rodger and […]

Kier Group set to bring in corporate lawyer

FTSE250 construction company Kier Group is building up its in-house legal strength as it continues to professionalise the team. Kier plans to bring in its first in-house corporate lawyer by the end of the month following a restructure of the legal team earlier in the year. The construction outfit’s current legal function encompasses a general […]

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