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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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Moves roundup: 14 July 2008

Elias Chedid has left the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to join King & Spalding in Dubai. He joins as counsel in the finance practice group. MOVE OF THE WEEK • Elias Chedid has left the Paris office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer to join King & Spalding in Dubai. He joins as counsel in […]

Firms drafted in as Danish furniture giant quits UK

CMS Cameron McKenna, DLA Piper and Eversheds have been called into action as Danish furniture chain Ilva puts its UK business into administration. Ilva, which launched in the UK in 2006, made a £62m loss in the UK last year and has appointed corporate recovery specialist Kroll, advised by Camerons restructuring partner Martin Brown. Eversheds […]

SFO lambasted over collapse of Goldshield case

The taxpayer could foot a bill of around £40m after the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) was forced to drop a high-profile case against Goldshield Group. The SFO had accused pharmaceutical company Goldshield of conspiring to defraud the NHS through an alleged pharmaceutical cartel. However, the SFO’s original indictment only related to price-fixing, which alone is […]

Top 30 firms record 93 per cent PEP rise since 2000

The average profit per equity partner (PEP) of the UK’s top 30 law firms has grown by 92.7 per cent to £764,900 since the turn of the century. The ;total ;revenue amassed by the top 30 has risen by 145 per cent, from £4.3bn in 2000 to £10.5bn during the last financial year. Despite the […]

Insolvency: Credit where it’s due

When debts go bad, it’s a costly business all round. But there are some simple steps credit-granters can take to reduce the risks they run Hundreds of thousands of pounds is written off in bad debt throughout the ­country annually, but there are a number of simple guidelines lawyers can give clients to better manage […]

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