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Devonshires shortlisted as a finalist at the Yorkshire Legal Awards
We are delighted to announce that we have been named as a finalist at the Yorkshire Legal Awards, shortlisted in the Banking & Finance Law Award category.
Fixed Term Tenancies, Break Clauses + Section 21 Notices
Registered Providers will welcome the decision of the Court of Appeal in this case, which examined the effect of a break clause in a fixed term tenancy which had incorporated a starter period of one year.
How well do your Boards understand their investments?
The Regulator’s most recent Quarterly Survey reveals the increased scale of investment activity by RPs, whether via wholly owned subsidiaries or through joint ventures.
Devonshires resists appeal on the Public Sector Equality Duty
Devonshires represented L&Q Housing Trust in the High Court on a tenant’s appeal against a possession order granted in the County Court.
Insurance expert joins Devonshires team
Devonshires expands Litigation & Dispute Resolution team with hire of recognised insurance practitioner, Stephen Netherway.
The next challenge for social landlords
Neil Lawlor, Partner, writes for 24housing on the rise of leaseholds, and the implications it can have on Housing Associations.
Devonshires Annual Charity Cheque Presentation
On 11 April, Devonshires held its annual charity cheque presentation, recognising the amazing work and achievements that our three partner charities do.
What new government safety guidance means for tall building owners
Mark London, Partner, discusses what new government safety guidance means for tall building owners and walks through the implications.
Gas Safety Certificates and Section 21 Notices: Shooltz is here to stay The
Ben Tarbard, Paralegal, discusses Gas Safety Certificates and Section 21 Notices in our new Housing Management & Property Litigation article.
How will it affect you? The Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation) Act 2018
New provisions in the act will affect the extent of Landlords’ repair obligations and, as such, bring the risk of exposure to new claims from tenants and occupiers.
Livewest Homes Limited v Sarah Bamber [2018] EWHC 2425 (QB) – More uncertainty surrounding fixed term tenancies
Read our new article about the recent case of Livewest Homes Limited v Sarah Bamber [2018].
Recent cases provide guidance on the application of the Public Sector Equality Duty
The Public Sector Equality duty (“PSED”) encapsulated in Section 149 of the Equality Act 2010 is an important concept requiring public authorities and those exercising public functions to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination and promote equality of opportunity.