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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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London’s Barnet and Harrow councils to save £4.4m via legal services merger

The London Boroughs of Barnet and Harrow have agreed to merge their legal services in a move that is expected to save them an estimated £4.4m over the next five years. Barnet’s legal team will be based in Harrow from July following approval from the authorities’ respective cabinets last night as part of a wider […]

Juror who skipped duty for Maltese holiday jailed for 56 days

A juror has been jailed for 56 days for going on holiday during a trial. Janet Chapman, from Blackpool, rang Preston Crown Court claiming to be suffering from sciatica when she was actually in Malta. She had been a jury member on the trial of a cash-in-transit robber being prosecuted by Ian Unsworth QC of […]

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American booty

Do associates still cleave to the stereotype of US firms, or is their American dream about more than busloads of cash? Our survey reveals some surprising findings ”They’re hellholes where you don’t escape the office – you might as well be in jail,” said one impassioned, unnamed, associate. The lawyer was referring to US firms […]

Defamation

 Cairns v Modi. Unreported. Queen’s Bench Division (QBD). Bean J. 26 March 2012 A former professional cricketer was entitled to aggravated damages following unsubstantiated match-fixing allegations made on Twitter where a defendant had maintained a plea of justification.Judgment for claimant New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns claimed defamation following the publication of words about him […]

The upper crust

Society has a curious ambivalence towards elitism at the moment. So-called reality shows like ’Made in Chelsea’ cash in on the public’s fascination with the upper crusts and others who mill around in Barbour jackets and Jack Wills clothes, while anti-establishment sentiment looms large in other respects. The interruption of the Oxford/Cambridge boat race last […]

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