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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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Scottish firm on hiring spree from rivals

Leading Scottish law firm Shepherd & Wedderburn is recruiting three partners from rival firms, including a second corporate partner from Edinburgh-based Fyfe Ireland. The move re-establishes the firm’s position as one of the top five firms in Scotland. It was momentarily ousted in the aftermath of the merger between Bishop & Robertson Chalmers and Alex […]

Up productivity – or clients' fees

This is a busy season for the publishers of directories and surveys. I have been particularly taken by some of the detail in the 1999 Survey of Financial Management in Law Firms published by PricewaterhouseCoopers in conjunction with The Lawyer. In particular, the fact that staff costs are rising faster than growth in turnover and […]

Property

Rowe & Maw represented C&A Group’s property holding company on the leasing of 376/384 Oxford Street to Gap (UK) Letting for an undisclosed sum. Jeremy Clay and Iain Thomas, both property partners at Rowe & Maw, acted on the lease which will become Gap’s flagship store in the UK.

Case of the week

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson (pictured) was cleared of a driving offence at Bury Magistrates Court after offering the lamest excuse ever – he needed the toilet. Sir Alex told the court: “I had to go somewhere quickly.” Sir Alex, represented by Manchester-based sole practitioner Nicholas Freeman, justified driving his BMW up the hard shoulder […]

Stephenson Harwood shipping partner exits

Stephenson Harwood is losing key shipping finance partner Helen Boyle to Addleshaw Booth & Co’s banking department – a move which is generating huge interest among shipping specialists. Boyle’s move coincides with the resignation of two shipping assistants, John Sandhu and another, whom the firm is yet to confirm. Sandhu is heading for an investment […]

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