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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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Robert Armour: British Energy Group

After almost three years of uncertainty and non-stop legal wrangling, during which time British Energy battled the threat of insolvency proceedings, general counsel and company secretary Robert Armour can finally catch his breath. Armour and his team have been on the hop constantly since 2002, assisting on what has proved to be one of the […]

Freshfields to roll out M&A review to Germany

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer‘s hugely successful German corporate group has embarked on a wide-ranging review similar to that recently completed by its London counterpart. Along with Hengeler Mueller, Freshfields is acknowledged as one of Germany’s top two corporate practices. Consequently, the motivation for a practice review is considerably different from the London group, which told The Lawyer last […]

Lord Woolf joins CEDR

Lord Woolf is joining the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR) as a special advisor. The former Lord Chief Justice will also become chair of CEDR’s international Conflict Management Advisory Group, which launches this autumn, and he will join the panel of CEDR’s most senior dispute resolution experts. In a statement CEDR said that Lord […]

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The use of restrictive covenants to keep hold of partners may do a firm more harm than good. Ronnie Fox and Aron Pope report

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