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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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The global credit crunch has left large financial institutions vulnerable to takeover bids on a scale that has never been witnessed before. The structuring of these acquisitions requires a number of considerations, none more so than in relation to employees, says Simeon Spencer The recent bid for HBOS by Lloyds TSB Bank (LTSB) provides an […]

Squire Sanders announces 30 US job cuts

Squire Sanders announces 30 US job cuts” />Squire Sanders & Dempsey has become the latest US firm to shed staff, announcing a total of 30 associate and support staff layoffs today. In a firm-wide statement, first published on US blog abovethelaw.com, the firm said it was making the layoffs after completing its annual employment reviews. […]

iLaw adds lawyer number 10 to roster

Start-up IP boutique iLaw now employs 10 lawyers ­following the hire of former DLA Piper ­commercial lawyer Rachel Laurent. Laurent specialises in commercial reputation management for media clients, as well as IP and technology matters. Since qualifying at Clifford Chance in 1993, she has worked in-house at the National Grid as well as at DLA […]

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UK lords at US firms: Lords on board

The arrival of a couple of UK Law Lords at two US firms, when set against the ­cataclysmic events of the past couple of months, may seem small beer. But in the context of the transatlantic legal market, the hire by Debevoise & Plimpton and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher of Lords Goldsmith and Falconer respectively […]

Winston Strawn bags 19 lawyers from Thelen

Chicago-based Winston & Strawn is the latest to profit from the demise of Thelen, hiring 19 Thelen lawyers into three of its offices. The nine-partner, 10-associate haul is third largest to emerge from Thelen, following a 60-lawyer capture by Nixon Peabody and the 40 lawyers who joined Howrey (The Lawyer.com, 6 November 2008). Winston & […]

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