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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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Coudert set for dissolution

Following the collapse of Coudert Brothers’ merger negotiations with Baker & McKenzie (B&M), Coudert partners yesterday voted to release its partners from their fiduciary duties. This will allow partners to go to other firms and to solicit clients. The next step is a formal dissolution. It is understood that following due diligence B&M decided that […]

City litigation teams close the gap on CC

The gap is closing between the top City litigation practices following a strong year for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Although Clifford Chance remains the UK’s largest litigation practice, bringing in £183m in the last financial year, contentious turnover was significantly down from 2004’s £225m. Meanwhile, Freshfields saw an upturn in litigation on the back of such […]

Lovells reaps Asian Citrus’s AIM flotation

Lovells has advised new client Asian Citrus Holdings on the largest Chinese IPO on the AIM market to date. Asian Citrus, China’s largest orange plantation operator, has two orange plantations, which combined cover an area the size of Guernsey. Lovells developed a relationship with the company through its Hong Kong office, which advised on the […]

Germans throw in the towel

It may be getting a tad late for this story as, judging by the number of voicemails Tulkinghorn is coming up against when on the blower, most of you are already on the beach. But one kindly soul has offered the following nugget of advice for any UK tourist faced with the all-too-familiar Teutonic-towel-on-the-sun-lounger scenario: […]

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