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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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Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has pulled off a major coup with the hire of a trio of antitrust partners from Shearman & Sterling. Shearman’s global head of antitrust Steven Sunshine last night (2 March) quit the firm alongside two junior partners, Jess Biggio and David Wales. Sunshine and Wales will work out of Cadwalader’s Washington […]

Applicants face tough task to satisfy silk selection criteria

Architect of new scheme Robin Knowles QC speaks exclusively to The Lawyer There was almost universal acceptance that if the QC system was to be retained it needed substantial reform. Is the task simply too big? With a two-year backlog – plus those that failed to make the grade when the floodgates opened in 2002-03 […]

Handling Conflict within the Partnership

By Simon Taylor (MA Oxon and MCIArb) and Patricia Wheatley Burt (FCIPD) When things are going well, with profits up and the firm going places, it is very easy to overlook, or even accept, individual idiosyncrasies and conflicting agendas within a partnership. When the cycle turns, however, such issues can too easily turn into crises. […]

Dutch giant hives off private client practice

Dutch heavyweight Nauta Dutilh is splitting with its Rotterdam-based private client team as the firm continues to pursue its corporate-focused strategy.The two-partner, five fee-earner team will establish a new boutique, the name of which will be announced later this year. The split has been described as entirely amicable, with Nauta commiting to refer its private […]

In-housers rule the roost on MoD’s IT outsourcing

In-house teams are dominating for the consortia bidding for the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) £4bn IT outsourcing deal. Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) is advising the MoD on the Defence Infrastructure Initiative project, but with the bidding down to two consortia it was the in-house teams that are doing the bulk of the legal work. The […]

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