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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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Ashurst Morris Crisp acted as supervisory counsel for Union Bank of Switzerland as senior debt arranger and underwriter in a Dutch-based leveraged buy-out in the electrical goods industry. The debt totalled 125 million guilders. UBS was advised by Leoff Claeys Verbeke on all Dutch matters.

Leaving Bleak House behind

Since only death and taxes are certain in life, one would think chancery practice would be a particularly lucrative area of practice for barristers and solicitors. Surprisingly, most solicitors in the area say it is a “steady” source of work rather than a buoyant one. The substantive (and cosmetic) changes in the 1980s introduced by […]

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Baker & Mckenzie advised on the first ever takeover of a listed company in Central and Eastern Europe last week. The firm advised US Pharmaceuticals giant, Bristol-Myers Squibb on the US$110 million takeover of Pharmavit, a pharmaceutical company listed on the Budapest Stock Exchange. The offer involved an innovative simultaneous domestic offer to Hungarian shareholders […]

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Ask a Scottish lawyer about chancery, and they might think it is the noun equivalent for ‘chancing’ as in ‘chancing your arm’. All disputes in Scotland which involve ‘chancery’ matters go to the Court of Session, with no distinction between what in England is the Chancery Division and the Queen’s Bench Division. It is the […]

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