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Landlord’s threats of legal action amounted to harassment of tenant

The recent Court of Appeal decision in Metropolitan Housing Trust Ltd v Worthington (1) and Parkin (2) alerts landlords to the risk of their dealings with tenants amounting to unlawful harassment.  Housing Management and Litigation experts Karl Anders and Lucie Bryan explain and offer practical advice, which will be of particular interest for social housing providers […]

Cabot SPR appeal: A welcome outcome for unsecured lenders in Scotland

Walker Morris partner Rob Aberdein explains an appeal allowed by the Sheriff Appeal Court which clarifies that the “interventionist and problem-solving approach” required of sheriffs under the new Simple Procedure Rules Simple Procedure Rules (SPR) for low value claims does not extend to undefended claims.  The appeal concerned a number of test cases and will […]

Industry responds to SME access to the FOS

The FCA last week published a suite of responses it has received to a consultation paper (CP18/3) released in January this year setting out the FCA’s proposed changes to the jurisdiction of the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) to open the FOS complaints resolution process to small businesses (SMEs). The fourteen responses published come from a […]

Cyber security, separation and self-protection online

Social media has many benefits, enabling us to keep in touch with old and new friends alike, sharing special moments with ‘followers’, organising events or tracking exercise progress. However, there is a dark side to the web.  Every click, post or search adds to your very own digital footprint, this leaves everyone vulnerable to exploitation. […]

Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

The Romanian Parliament recently approved the Law on the Amendment and Completion of the Accounting Law No. 82/1991, Amendment and Completion of the Companies Law No. 31/1990 and Amendment and Completion of Law No. 1/2005, on the organisation and functioning of cooperative companies. Before entering into force, the law will have to be promulgated by […]

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Dewey, Orrick make marriage plans

By far the biggest US merger news this month was that of Dewey Ballantine and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (www.thelawyer.com, 12 September). Dewey and Orrick have been in talks to create a combined firm of 1,200 lawyers and a revenue of $1bn (£526m). The firms’ respective chairmen Morton Pierce and Ralph Baxter confirm only that […]

How to keep working mums working

The appointment of 33 female silks earlier this year – the highest number ever – is undoubtedly good news for female barristers. Indeed, the bar generally is now more enlightened than it has ever been. The introduction of the Bar Council’s guidance on maternity and paternity policy, published in 2004, was a big step in […]

Linklaters-KPMG share £5m for two-month job

Linklaters and KPMG are to split a pot of £5m for a two month investigation into the accounts of building company Interserve. In August. Interserve launched an investigation and suspended six senior managers from its industrial services division, which has clients including Heathrow Airport and BP, after finding a £25.9m hole in the accounts. Linklaters […]

PwC creates law, tax powerhouse in Italy

Accountancy giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has launched a combined tax and legal firm in Italy, raiding former network firm Pirola Pennuto Zei & Associati for eight partners and 80 lawyers. The new firm’s name is Studio TLS, which stands for Tax and Legal Services. It has launched with eight partners and 130 lawyers in total. The […]

CC, Simmons banish PQE to stay within age rules

Clifford Chance and Simmons & Simmons have revamped their recruitment strategies after deeming the term ‘PQE’ to be in contravention of the new age discrimination laws that came into play yesterday (1 October). The measures being introduced by both firms follow the implementation of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006, which prevent employers from using […]

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