The Lawyer Inquiry: Philip Leach

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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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In brief: Social services reprieve for council

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Lose Wild West image or lose out, City lawyer tells Russians

Russians have been warned by the British Russian Law Association to take steps to lose their “Wild West” image in order to reassure overseas business interests that have been discouraged from inward investment. Christopher Davis, head of due diligence at City firm Davis & Co, told 140 delegates at a conference on Inward Direct Investment […]

Four quit Skadden Arps to set up China alliance

Texas firm Vinson & Elkins has entered into a “visiting lawyer relationship” with Beijing-based Chinese firm King & Woods, via four lawyers who have deserted fellow US practice Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom’s Beijing office. Handel Lee leads the team from Skadden Arps and has joined Vinsons as a partner. He was the firm’s former […]

Jargon busting

I read your editorial in the 11 March issue with great interest. In it you urge high street lawyers to take “a long, hard look at their practices”. I would respectfully suggest that a good starting point for most high street lawyers might be for them to drastically alter how they communicate with their clients. […]

Townspeople bristle over badger problem

The battle of the badgers is heading for the High Court. Mr Justice Kay has given the green light for South Somerset District Council to mount a unique judicial review challenge to the Government’s refusal to relocate a badger set in Yeovil which is said to be causing havoc for the creature’s human neighbours. The […]

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