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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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Herbies bolsters Bangkok for corporate refocus

Herbert Smith has signalled its renewed confidence in Thailand with the appointment of Rashane Leerabandu as head of corporate and commercial in Bangkok. The firm scaled down its Thai offering to focus on dispute resolution and construction following a scandal in 1997 that led to head of regional arbitration Henry Uscinski being imprisoned for five […]

Training

Legal training is in a state of flux. The Solicitors Regulation Authority revealed last week (The Lawyer, 12 September) that it is pressing ahead with radical plans to split the LPC into two separate components. The plans will result in the compulsory courses of the LPC being split from the optional subjects. This would allow […]

Mayer Brown wins two more partners for London

Mayer Brown has upped the pace of its lateral hiring spree with the addition of a partner apiece in its corporate and real estate practices. Alistair Bird will join the corporate practice from Simmons & Simmons on 1 October, with Ashurst real estate partner Gary Watson set to join the firm a month later. Their […]

CVC turns to Kirkland for $6bn fundraising

Chicago-headquartered Kirkland & Ellis has cemented its relationship with blue-chip private equity client CVC Capital Partners, advising on the record $6bn (£3.01bn) fundraising for its latest Asia fund. New York-based corporate partner Geoff Levin led the team at Kirkland on the fundraising, which is expected to break the regional record of $4.2bn (£2.11bn) set by […]

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UK 200 Position: 183 Turnov… UK 200 Position: 183 Turnover: £7.7m Revenue per fee-earner: £164,000 Revenue per lawyer: £226,000 Revenue per partner: £350,000 Total number of fee-earners: 47 Total number of qualified lawyers: 34 Total number of partners: 22 Total number of female partners: 7 Total number of staff: 120 The April 2007 merger of […]

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