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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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DLA Piper has represented real-estate investment management organisation Regent Properties in its fundraising of $300m (£191m) in equity commitments. The $300m in commitments exceeds Regent’s fundraising goals by 50 per cent. The investors in the fund include BlackRock and Caxton Alternative Management, as well as high-net-worth family offices. DLA Piper worked with Regent Properties in the creation of its […]

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The Australian legal market has faced some tough times in recent years, with pay freezes, staff cuts and partner exits affecting a raft of firms operating in the country. It’s no wonder, then, that many have sought refuge in international mergers. Starting back in 2009, when Deacons combined with Norton Rose , the number of […]

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Clifford Chance has already taken a beating from the courts over the failed $1.6bn Excalibur case. Now the firm is facing a professional negligence claim for its role in the oil rights battle. The litigation funders bankrolling oil giant Excalibur’s claim have initiated a claim against Clifford Chance for its role in the case, which […]

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Offshore firms are thriving despite sustained media and political attacks on their domiciles’ reputation. Meanwhile, Asia’s significance is rising. It has been a turbulent few months for the offshore world. With Labour leader Ed Miliband promising to force the Crown Dependencies to produce a public register of offshore company owners should he come to power after […]

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