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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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Freshfields anoints Asia chief as Marchant returns to City

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has named Robert Ashworth as the successor to Asia regional managing partner Simon Marchant, who is returning to the firm’s London office. Ashworth, who has been based in Hong Kong since 1994, has been head of Freshfields’ Asia corporate practice since 2000. In a statement, he said: “This is a very exciting […]

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BPP caves in to pressure with fast-track LPC for all

BPP Law School has bowed to student demands by becoming the first LPC provider to launch a fast-track LPC to all students, beginning in August 2011. The condensed course will cram the standard nine-month offering into seven months, but will cost the same (£12,500 in London) and require students to have shorter study breaks, working […]

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Pannone employment partner follows Kingsley to JMW

JMW Solicitors senior partner Joy Kingsley has brought over a partner from her former firm Pannone to become head of employment. Ian Tranter trained at Pannone and had two periods there as partner, spending 11 years as a partner at Brabners Chaffe Street in-between the stints. Kingsley commented: “The fact that this will be our […]

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Hogan Lovells’ pro bono team in legal aid project

Hogan Lovells’ pro bono team has helped develop an initiative urging law firms to release unclaimed client funds to the Access To Justice Foundation. The ’It’s Not Just Peanuts’ campaign has been set up to support free legal access in the wake of major cuts to legal aid and local government funding. Firms are being urged to […]

Freshfields and Slaughters advise on Henderson’s Gartmore acquisition

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May have landed the lead mandates advising on Henderson’s purchase of fellow fund manager Gartmore. Slaughters acted for Henderson, fielding a team led by corporate partner Nilufer von Bismarck and also featuring corporate head Frances Murphy, finance partner Matthew Tobin, tax partner William Watson and competition partner Bertrand Louveaux. […]

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