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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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Case for a national defence fund

Recently the Law Society announced they would be starting their defence fund scheme in November. This was encouraging news, but it raises a question about the Law Society’s role in serving and protecting the interests of its members. Clearly the leaders of the profession in Surrey and the South East believe there is a genuine […]

Senior clerk quits 3 Verulam Buildings

Premier insolvency set 3-4 South Square is poaching senior clerk Paul Cooklin from rival commercial chambers 3 Verulam Buildings. His departure will be a major blow to the set, which is currently knocking on the door of the magic circle of commercial chambers. Cooklin is one of the few “traditional” senior clerks who is rated […]

…and plans German office

Debevoise & Plimpton has revealed its plans to open a Frankfurt office in order to increase its European capacity. New York-based managing partner Rick Evans says: “A combination of client interest and looking at the deals which are being done and are likely to happen has persuaded us to look at setting up an office […]

Nottingham merger aims to hit top five

Two Nottingham-based law firms are merging to form one of the largest practices in the east Midlands. The marriage of Berryman & Co and Shacklocks, which are of equal size, will create a 19-partner firm and will be called Berryman Shacklock. The merged firm hopes to challenge Nottingham’s bigger players, including Browne Jacobson, Shoosmiths, Eversheds, […]

Flotations

Herbert Smith represented Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) on its coordination and sponsorship of QXL.com’s £263m international public offering (IPO). Martina Asmar and James Palmer (pictured)

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