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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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CFA success fee rate nailed down

The Civil Justice Council has agreed the level of success fees payable under conditional fee arrangements in employer liability accident cases. Under the settlement, solicitors will be paid a 100 per cent success fee in cases that go to trial. If claims are settled at court pre or post-issue, the success fee will be 25 […]

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As everybody knows, the world is a more litigious place these days, but some legal battles are surely doomed before they ever reach a courtroom. Tulkinghorn invites you, dear reader, to judge for yourself on the latest batch of barminess that reaches Tulkinghorn Towers. As you may be aware, lawyers for Lloyd’s of London are […]

Bird & Bird secures head of public law for Paris base

Bird & Bird Paris has taken on a second partner within a month, recruiting the head of public law from French independent August & Debouzy. Jean Dominique Bloch will lead Bird & Bird’s public law team, and has been joined by two assistants from his former firm. With the hires, Bird & Bird’s public law […]

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Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer reaped almost £30m in fees advising on the three controversial London Underground public-private partnerships (PPPs), it has emerged. According to a report published by the National Audit Office today (17 June) the magic circle firm earned £29.2m in fees over a period of five years. Meanwhile, London Underground’s financial adviser PriceWaterhouseCoopers pocketed […]

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