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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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Cedel's new counsel

Luxembourg-based bond clearing house Cedel has appointed Wim Hautekiet as general counsel, with a boardroom seat on the major subsidiaries. Hautekiet was assistant general counsel at JP Morgan Securities for six years. Before that that he worked at the Brussels office of Belgian firm De Bandt van Hecke & Lagae.

Is justice being served by the Cases Review Commission?

A year ago the Home Office and the Northern Ireland office handed over their files on alleged miscarriages of justice to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. Paul Taylor examines how well the new body is performing its task. Paul Taylor is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers. Until the Criminal Appeal Act 1995, the decision […]

Dual-qualified solicitors are suspended from the Bar

The Bar Council has written to all barristers who have become solicitors, telling them that they are suspended from the Bar and can no longer exercise rights of audience as a barrister. The letter, which was sent earlier this month from Jonathan Hirst QC, chairman of the professional standards committee, is the first communication dual-qualified […]

Clifford Chance advises Unionists

Clifford Chance advised the Ulster Unionist Party on key constitutional issues relating to the Northern Ireland peace agreement in the run-up to this month’s historical settlement. The Unionists, headed by ex-lawyer David Trimble, opted for top-notch legal advice, as they feared that changes to Northern Ireland’s status would weaken the Union. “We went to the […]

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