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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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CC profits trail magic circle as US practice hit by weak dollar

Profits at Clifford Chance have plummeted by 13.4 per cent, blighted by a weak dollar, while the firm’s West Coast practice starts to rupture with partner losses. The magic circle firm’s average profits per partner (PPP) have crashed through the psychologically important £600,000 barrier, dropping to £558,000 for the year ended 30 April. Clifford Chance […]

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Most lawyers love a good scrap, and the chaps at Fisher Scoggins are no different. The firm acted for Thames Trains on the Paddington rail disaster, Balfour Beatty in Hatfield and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens in his five-week trial against the Health and Safety Executive. It’s an impressive list, but it pales against […]

Law Society approves changes to conflict rules

The Law Society Standards Board this week approved two of the proposed amendments to the Conflicts and Confidentiality paper recently withdrawn from Council. A third amendment, relating to a solicitor’s duty to disclose, was not passed. Led by chair Andrew Holroyd, the board rejected a suggestion that duty to disclose could be implied as well […]

Bingham swells broker-dealer group with triple hire

Bingham McCutchen is continuing its aggressive push to build its broker-dealer practice by recruiting a trio of experts from UBS Financial Services, Morgan Stanley DW and Wilmer Cutler & Pickering. The three-partner hire provide a cross-state boost to the firm’s 70-strong broker-dealer group. Eric Seltzer, the former deputy counsel and senior vice president of UBS […]

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