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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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Shearman & Sterling promotes 11

Shearman & Sterling is the latest US firm to announce partner promotions. Property lawyer Clare Breeze and capital markets lawyer Mei Lian have been promoted in London. In total the firm has added 11 to the partnership. The firm’s international network had the bulk of promotions with a total of eight being made up, two […]

Former Thacher partners lobby to retrieve cash

Former partners of Thacher Proffitt & Wood have formed a pressure group to campaign for more transparency during the US firm’s merger talks with King & Spalding. The group formed after the two firms were rumoured to be exploring a possible merger. Former partners with a significant financial interest in the firm are concerned about […]

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Trethowans” />Growing in turnover, lawyers and determination, Trethowans has plans to expand during the ­downturn and become a major presence in the southern legal market. Managing partner Miles Brown oversees what he calls a “flexible” practice that has some major brands on its books, snapping them up from under the noses of larger firms and […]

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Manches secures £50m payout for Madonna’s ex

Manches family partner Helen Ward has cemented her place as the UK’s leading divorce lawyer after securing a £50m divorce settlement for Madonna’s husband Guy Ritchie. Ward set legal history in May 2007 when she secured a £48m divorce settlement for Beverly Charman, the wife of insurance tycoon John Charman (TheLawyer.com 24 May). Madonna’s spokeswoman […]

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