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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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Ruling closes child support loophole for self-employed

A loophole that allows fathers to avoid heavy maintenance payments was closed last week, when a single mother won an appeal that could force the Child Support Agency (CSA) to reopen up to 50,000 assessments. Helen Smith, a part-time office administrator, had her child support for her three children increased under the ruling from 11.29 […]

Malaysia and Korea pledge to open their legal markets

The Malaysian and South Korean governments have told the UK that they want to open up their legal markets to international law firms. Currently, foreign firms are not allowed to open offices in Malaysia or Korea, but following visits from David Lammy MP, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Department of Constitutional Affairs, this could change. […]

Lack of court resources undermines Woolf reforms

A lack of court resources was hindering access to justice, according to a survey of solicitors published last week. Nearly four out of 10 solicitors responding to a Law Society survey said that inefficient administration in court offices made an appreciable impact on their clients’ cases. This year’s Woolf Questionnaire, dealing with the impact of […]

Freshfields appoints new co-senior partner

Freshfields has announced the election of its new co-senior partner, German managing partner Konstantin Mettenheimer (left). He replaces the current senior partner Christian Wilde and joins Anthony Salz, who has been re-elected to the post. The duo’s first task has been to appoint Hugh Crisp as chief executive, taking the reins from Alan Peck. The new appointments will […]

Clifford Chance raids Carnelutti in Paduan recruitment initiative

Clifford Chance is sending out a clear signal of its commitment to Italy post-Grimaldi by hiring the partner in charge of Carnelutti’s Padua office and four other lawyers. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (5 November), corporate partner Oliviero Pessi brings clients including insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali and major exhibition centre Padova Fiere. The haul of four other lawyers includes […]

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