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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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The Law Society should seek outside opinions from experienced solicitors rather than counsel, under a motion adopted by the council last week. If an opinion is sought from counsel by staff the president or another Law Society officeholder must be notified as soon as possible.

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Westminster City Council has spent more than £50,000 on a series of independent investigations which have concluded that no individual person or department could be blamed solely for a £7m mistake that took six years to spot. Instead, blame for the fiasco over unpaid lessees’ bills has been spread across the housing, finance and legal […]

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‘Diffusing the Millennium Bomb’ is a three-day conference on the year 2000 problem, sponsored by The Lawyer. The event will address the legal implications of the problem and effective corporate and marketing strategies. The conference is being held from 11 to 13 March at the Kensington Close Hotel, London. The breakfast briefing costs £195 plus […]

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Alison Laferla reports When the Bar Council took the brave step of investing £70,000 in video conferencing equipment in 1991 it was soon apparent that the council was rather more avant-garde than its members. In fact, lawyers revealed themselves to be rather reluctant to use the new technology and, according to video conference studio manager […]

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