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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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Corporate

When the bottom fell out of the public M&A market last year, hot shot corporate lawyers wished they could be in private equity. However, the wishing fairy has not been kind to firms which have tried to get into the transactional side of the sector. Clifford Chance, Ashurst Morris Crisp and UK ‘golden circle’ firms […]

Hart Brown senior partner takes retirement

Hart Brown senior partner Jonathan Hawke has retired after 20 years at the firm Hawke will be replaced by Stuart Spencer, a residential property lawyer based in the firm’s Cranleigh office. The firm has also recently made up three new partners, taking the total partner count to 16.

Browne Jacobson’s turnover tops £20m

Nottingham-based Browne Jacobson has continued last year’s growth with its turnover this year reaching £20.7m, up 11 per cent from last year’s £18.7m Profits per partner have also increased substantially. Although final figures are not yet confirmed, managing partner Brian Smith predicts an increase of more than 15 per cent to an average of around […]

Reality bites

Many law firms are chewing fingernails over PI premium rises, but as Jon Robins reports, there is an acknowledgment that it will still be better than living under the shadow of SIF There are not too many lawyers in the City that would have expected to rue the day that the Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund (SIF) […]

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