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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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Salans develops Europe with Hungarian tie-up

Salans announced on 11 June that it is forging an alliance with 20-fee-earner Hungarian firm Szabo Kovari Tercsak. Szabo’s clients include McDonald’s, Skanska and ING Real Estate. Last September, Salans scooped the lion’s share of the international offices of ill-fated Altheimer & Gray, giving it instant capacity in Bratislava, Bucharest, Istanbul, Prague and Shanghai.

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My, my. The timing couldn’t have been better. A week after Barry O’Brien’s team at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was thrown off the M&S bid, Law Society president Peter Williamson was giving delegates at The St Paul risk management conference an insight into the way the new conflicts rules were shaping up. And it looks like […]

Bus spurs lawyers to ‘get on board’ in pro bono week

National Pro Bono Week geared up last Monday (7 June) with the smooth diesel-throated hum of a bus launch in Trafalgar Square, ahead of 38 varied events promoting the pro bono message throughout England and Wales. Trafalgar Square offered the public the first glimpse of a specially designed double-decker bus that set off on a […]

Maples Finance acquires Jersey fund

A financial arm of Cayman Islands firm Maples & Calder has bought a Jersey branch of world-renowned fund manager Gartmore, whose chairman recently took up posts at both Marks & Spencer and the Guardian Media Group. Maples Finance Jersey has acquired Gartmore Fund Managers International, which administers assets valued at £1.7bn, for an undisclosed sum. […]

Howard Kennedy revenues up

Howard Kennedy has reported a 16 per cent rise in revenues to £22m, subject to what managing partner Trevor Newey called the “nonsense” of the debated change in tax on work in progress. Profits were static at £230,000. Last September, Howard Kennedy merged with Amhurst Brown Colombotti, which has associated offices in Denmark, Pakistan, Spain, […]

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