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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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Pension fund watchdog investigates Eversheds

Eversheds is being investigated by the Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (Opra) for failing to make payments into its staff pension scheme. The criminal investigation could, in theory, land Eversheds in court, with the prospect of unlimited fines and two years’ imprisonment for those responsible. A spokeswoman for Opra says this is the first time a […]

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Personal injury specialist firm Alexander Harris has poached Gulf War syndrome litigation solicitor Richard Barr and his team from Hodge Jones & Allen, reigniting fury over the award of the controversial legal aid contract. Barr and six specialist fee earners are now at Alexander Harris’ London office. However, the move means Barr loses both the […]

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The Bar Council is considering radical reform of its complaints handling system – even though its current arrangement is praised by the Legal Services Ombudsman. As predicted in The Lawyer last week, Ann Abraham’s annual report blasts the Law Society’s complaints handing for “spiralling out of control” to such an extent that its ability to […]

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