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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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High Court boosted as DCA appoints David Kitchin QC

Patent star David Kitchin QC has capped off an excellent year by being appointed as a High Court judge in the Chancery Division, it was announced last week. Kitchin is one of five new High Court judges appointed by the Department for Constitutional Affairs. Also joining him on the bench are Cloisters Chambers’ Brian Langstaff […]

BNP Paribas appoints North American legal chief

BNP Paribas has appointed a new general counsel for North America. Betty Whelchel joins BNP Paribas following spells as global counsel at Deutsche Asset Management and a period at Shearman & Sterling in Tokyo. Whelchel will report to Hubert de Vauplane, global head of corporate and investment banking legal, and Everett Schenk, CEO of corporate […]

Cobbetts chief targets post-expansion PEP hike as three partners make tracks

Cobbetts managing partner Michael Shaw has vowed to raise average profit per equity partner by 20 per cent to £230,000 in this financial year as news comes of three partner losses at the firm. Equity partner Tim Cross is set to leave Cobbetts for Leeds firm Gordons at the end of this month, while salaried […]

Dechert confirms Coudert France capture

DECHERT has confirmed its committment to take on Coudert Brothers’ Paris office. As first revealed in The Lawyer on 12 September, Dechert agreed a deal to take a 32-lawyer team from the disintegrating Coudert. In a statement issued today, Dechert said the move would significantly expand its cross-border corporate/M&A, life sciences and international litigation/arbitration capabilities, […]

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