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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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Global link-ups

According to Garrett & Co managing partner Julia Chain, the Arthur Andersen law firm is working towards the new concept of the European law practice. She adds: “The provision of legal services on a European or global basis is the way of the future.” Many UK solicitors are still in a state of shock after […]

Westminster lawyer gets the all-clear

Former Westminster city solicitor Matthew Ives has been cleared of wrongdoing in the council’s controversial “homes-for-votes” policy. Ives was among five people who were judged to have acted within the law by the council’s district auditor John Magill last week. Ives, now at the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales, was on holiday […]

Victorious Mears plans his assault

“SUPPORT the forces of darkness in July”, was one of the new Law Society president’s more tongue-in-cheek electoral battle cries. “The nice chaps have tried and failed. It is time to give the mean men a chance,” Martin Mears wrote in the May edition of the independent magazine he edits, Anglian Lawyer. Many council members […]

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Church Adams Tatham & Co and Manches & Co advised Railtrack plc and property company Lynton respectively in the sale of their interest in a site adjoining Marylebone Station to two subsidiary companies of Banque Paribas, which was advised by Holman Fenwick & Willan.

Loosening the strait-jacket

Stephen Sidkin takes a look at the CBI proposals for reforming EC competition law Last month saw the publication of another set of proposals by the Confederation of British Industry for the reform of the scope and administration of Article 85 EC Treaty. The CBI’s latest proposals, ‘Loosening the strait-jacket’, are based on the idea […]

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