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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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The lot of the law firm leader is not always a happy one. This week’s cover feature unpicks that statement a little. We quizzed dozens of past and present managing and senior partners on what it is that makes the role so tough. Who would have thought that one of the recurring themes would be […]

DLA Piper represents Rioprevidencia and State of Rio de Janeiro in securitisation

DLA Piper has represented Rioprevidencia, Rio de Janeiro’s state-owned pension fund, as sponsor, and the State of Rio de Janeiro in a 144A/Reg S $1.1bn (£701m) securitisation of oil royalties, the second international offering the law firm has handled for the fund in 2014. This transaction follows a June 2014 $3bn offering, which was the […]

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Travers Smith appoints Kirkland partner Biggs in first lateral hire since 2011

Travers Smith has hired Kirkland & Ellis financial services partner Stephanie Biggs – the firm’s first lateral partner hire in nearly four years. Sitting within Kirkland’s private equity team, Biggs specialises in particular in asset management regulation. She was a partner at Kirkland since 2009, having previously worked at legacy SJ Berwin and Macfarlanes.  At […]

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Plebgate: a libel battle royal in the RCJ

Desmond Browne QC, James Price QC and Gavin Millar QC, royalty of the libel bar, are going head to head in what is certainly the libel trial of the year. It’s the kind of high-profile, high-stakes battle that libel lawyers yearn for but is now all too rare. If you look at the history of […]

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Conspiring to redefine conspiracy to defraud

Company directors who design and pursue a lawful transaction designed to remove from the company hefty future obligations do not conspire to defraud those who might be financially affected by their doing so. Furthermore, the High Court will not allow the exceptional procedure for preferring voluntary bills of indictment to be used when a prosecuting […]

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