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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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Bakers’ Canadian merger comes to naught

Baker & McKenzie has been looking to expand its Canadian presence, but recent merger talks have failed, leaving one Toronto firm in dire straits. The US firm was in discussions with Goodman and Carr, an 85-lawyer firm, in February, but the talks collapsed, leading Goodman to close its doors this June. Had the merger been […]

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BAE legal chief awarded £1m in pay on top of £5m pension

BAE Systems’ retired legal chief Michael Lester has built up a pension worth more than £5m, paying out £250,000 a year, according to the company’s annual report. BAE’s annual report also revealed that Lester picked up a bonus of £556,000, which along with a base salary of £568,000 brought his total annual earnings to more […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) has become the latest magic circle firm to announce associate salary hikes. The magic circle firm has increased its associate pay by an average of 18 per cent for associates up to five years’ PQE in October 2006. After the increase, A&O’s newly qualified (NQ) pay now stands at approximately £64,900. […]

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