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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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How to monitor sexual orientation without causing offence

Gathering information on diversity is increasingly complex. But without measurement it is impossible to know whether efforts to increase diversity are having any effect. In the UK there is no requirement to report, but firms are encouraged to monitor diversity and gather statistics. Outside the UK governments have different reporting requirements. For example, the Netherlands […]

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The approach to UCIs in Luxembourg is undergoing a radical rethink. Jacques Elvinger and Frédérique Lifrange report The law of 19 July 1991 concerning undertakings for collective investment (UCIs) was established to allow the formation of UCIs in Luxembourg. As with similar vehicles in other countries, in particular the Spezialfonds under German law, the securities […]

Clayton Utz sued for giving negligent advice

Clayton Utz is being sued for gross negligence by an Australian property developer who alleges that the firm failed to carry out basic title checks. City Developments retained Clayton Utz’s Darwin office on the purchase of 150 cabins on a lake south of Darwin in 1997 for A$630,000 (£255,300). Developer George Milatos told the Supreme […]

Debevoise partner’s ties win Catlin instruction

Debevoise & Plimpton insurance partner Jeremy Hill has consolidated his relationship with insurance giant Catlin Group as he advises the US company on its offer for rival Wellington Underwriting. Catlin announced last week (30 October) that it had made an offer to buy its Lloyd’s competitor in a deal valued at £591m. The company’s general […]

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