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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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Deal of the week – Daimlerchrysler

This is the first deal for DaimlerChrysler following Olswang‘s successful pitch for its e-commerce work in April. The car manufacturing giant already had a range of relationships with firms – Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer being one – so the win was a coup for Olswang. E-commerce partner Gringras led the pitch. This deal was unique because […]

Irwin Mitchell wins Freeth corporate head

Irwin Mitchell’s corporate finance department has hired Freethcartwright’s head of company and commercial. Ian Worthington was formerly in the Nottingham office at Freethcartwright and will join Irwin Mitchell’s Leeds office. Irwin Mitchell is in the process of developing its corporate finance department in Leeds and plans to introduce more risk management initiatives in the commercial […]

Rakisons and Steptoe & Johnson tie the knot

The two firms had been locked in talks for several months. The UK practice will be known as Steptoe Johnson Rakisons for the first year; after that, Rakisons will be permanently dropped from the name. The US firm will not change its moniker. Steptoe & Johnson chairman Lon Bouknight, who will become chairman of the […]

Law firms offering legal aid halved

Only 5000 law firms won contracts to offer legally aided initial advice and legal assistance in civil cases under the new scheme launched by the Lord Chancellor’s Department yesterday. Under the old system, more than 11,000 firms were entitled to offer such advice. The Law Society has reacted with fury to the cuts, claiming that […]

The Leader column

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a medium-sized law firm must be in want of a merger that fills in the gaps. As we all know, that never happens; Berwin Leighton’s current talks with Paisner & Co have tacitly acknowledged the impossibility of it. But Berwin Leighton seems to have found the next best […]

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