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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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Pro bono – where next?

I would like to alert the profession to an exploratory meeting which is being held on 2 November at the Law Society hall to review the state of pro bono work. It is supported by the society and Business in the Community. The deputy vice-president of the Law Society, Michael Matthews, will introduce the occasion. […]

Flotation

Dibb Lupton Alsop advised convenience store operator Dawn Til Dusk on its £4m flotation on the AIM. Hammond Suddards advised the nominated adviser Butterfield Securities.

Brief

Matt Andrews, of Kennedys, is ambushed by Mark Atkinson and Mike Butler, of McKenna & Co, during the Law Society Sevens rugby tournament. More than 30 law firms competed for the Freshfields Bowl in this, the 21st tournament, sponsored by bankers Rea Brothers. A triumphant Herbert Smith team carried off the trophy after beating Simmons […]

US legal agency in 'sweetheart' deal with chemical giant

US chemical company Du Pont has struck a deal with the 34 law firms it instructs to ensure all lawyers who work with the firm are recruited from the same agency. The mass contract with US recruitment agency the Wallace Law Registry is believed to be a first in the US. According to agency president […]

In brief: Justice slams poorly-drafted legislation

Legal human rights organisation Justice criticises “badly planned and drafted legislation” in its 39th annual report. Justice’s chair, Lord Alexander, said: “Increasingly, the parliamentary process does not assist the detailed and effective scrutiny which is necessary if laws are to be both fair and workable. Laws are often too poorly drafted, based on inadequate research, […]

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