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​Devonshires act for Sage on £106m stock purchase deal with Optivo
We are absolutely delighted to act for Sage on their stock purchase deal with Optivo.
Welsh Government: Co-operation Agreement, 2021
On Saturday 27 November 2021, during a virtual annual conference, Plaid Cymru approved the Co-operative Agreement between the party and Welsh Government.
Update to Practice Direction 55C – Possession Claims
Paragraph 1.1 of Practice Direction (PD) 55C confirms that the temporary modifications of PD 55C will end on 30 November 2021.
Housing Ombudsman’s latest Insight Report & Spotlight on Damp and Mould Report
On 23 November 2021 the Housing Ombudsman published its latest Insight report covering the period July to September 2021. The report shows an 83% increase in the volume of enquiries and complaints received compared to the same quarter in 2020.
Devonshires strengthens Corporate and Governance team with new Partner hire
Housing specialist Matthew Waters has joined our Corporate & Governance team.
Mandatory vaccinations for frontline health and care staff
On 9th September 2021 the Department for Health and Social Care launched a consultation, the results of which were published on 9th November 2021. The Government has decided that they will be introducing regulations to only allow providers of CQC-regulated activities to deploy individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to roles where they interact with patients and service users, unless exempt.
New Public Procurement Thresholds
Earlier this month the Government laid the Public Procurement (Agreement on Government Procurement) (Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI 2021/1221) (“Regulations”) before Parliament. The Regulations will come into force on 1 January 2022 and will only apply to procurements commenced after that date.
Net zero strategies: key points to consider
On Wednesday this week, we proudly chaired a session at the Green Retrofitting and Property Decarbonisation Conference. The session was geared towards preparing for the retrofit challenge and discussed what your business can do.
Update: the end of the ‘overall arrangement for possession proceedings’
It has been recently announced that the “overall arrangements for possession proceedings” (such as review hearings, prioritisation of specific types of possession claims etc.) came to an end on 1 November 2021.  The arrangements detailed how the court system would manage housing possession cases after the stay on such cases was lifted in September 2020.
Devonshires listed as a Times Best Law Firm for a second year!
The Times has published its list, now in its fourth year, of the top 200 legal practices in England and Wales. We first made this list in 2021 and are delighted to have retained our listing for 2022.
Trivial data breaches and the de minimis threshold
The recent case of Rolfe and others v Veale Wasbrough Vizards LLP has provided much needed clarity around the threshold of the de minimis principle in data protection law.
Devonshires rank highly in The 2022 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide
The 2022 Chambers and Partners Legal Guide has been published, and we are delighted to have maintained our Band 1 positions in Social Housing and Social Housing: Finance.