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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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Whisky company William Grant & Sons has hired Coca-Cola Enterprises legal chief Eva Bishop as its first-ever general counsel, handing her the remit for a new corporate social responsibility (CSR) drive. Bishop will join the ­company at the start of next year, reporting to CEO Roland van Bommel. Current head of legal Andrew McLean will […]

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Energy watchdog Ofgem has cut out the middle man and gone straight to the bar for advice on its investigation into energy suppliers. The regulator instructed 13-year-call ;barrister Thomas de la Mare of Blackstone Chambers to assist on the seven-month inquiry. Ofgem found that at least 4.3 million customers were being overcharged but did not […]

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BSkyB’s recent court battle with Virgin Media has provided fresh support for the principle that a client’s right to choose their lawyer is paramount, says Rachel Couter The Court of Appeal has judicially determined that a client’s right to choose their lawyer is paramount and should not be displaced unless absolutely essential. It is a […]

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