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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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In brief: The American Bar Association's

The American Bar Association’s (ABA) commission on multidisciplinary partnerships (MDPs) has voted to recommend MDPs, as predicted in The Lawyer last week. If the proposal is accepted by the ABA at a vote in August, it could overhaul the US legal industry allowing accountancy firms and other professions to expand into legal services.

Regional firm wins energy deal

Birmingham firm Martineau Johnson says the latest high-profile energy deal it has just clinched proves it can challenge City practices for top energy-sector work. Andrew Whitehead, head of utilities at Martineaus, says there is a movement of work from the City firms to firms which offer a more specialised service. “Specialist energy expertise is not […]

It's been a good week for…

Cigarette companies. After repeated batterings in the courts, the tobacco giants were given a breath of fresh air when the US Supreme Court appeared sceptical of government claims that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had the power to regulate their products. The FDA is trying to ban cigarette sponsorship of sport and limit vending […]

In brief: The Employed and Non-Practising Bar Association (ENPBA)

The Employed and Non-Practising Bar Association (ENPBA) has issued a cautious welcome to news that it is to get “fair representation” on the Bar Council. “The devil is in the detail,” says Dr Peter Gray, ENPBA’s general secretary. ENPBA’s resolution was accepted at the Bar Council’s annual general meeting held on 5 June, when the […]

Gearing up for mobile phone deluge

Chris Hodges, partner, Cameron McKenna Martin Bruffell, partner, Berrymans Lace Mawer Antony Colman, partner, Pritchard Englefield Concerns are now rife over whether mobile phones can be the cause of serious health problems. Last month, medical studies in Sweden and the US revealed that mobile phones have the potential to cause serious health risks, including giving […]

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