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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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Wilmer Cutler loses four partners to Latham

Latham & Watkins has poached four competition partners from US rival Wilmer Cutler & Pickering to launch a Brussels office. When it opens, the office will be Latham’s fifth in Europe; it already has branches in London, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Paris. The new base will concentrate on competition law, supporting the antitrust operations of the […]

Deutsche Bank forms panel to slash spend

Bank plans to reduce legal spend by £300m-plus; local firms will still be used Deutsche Bank is proposing to set up its first panel for cross-border transactional work in a bid to dramatically cut its legal spend.It is understood that the bank intends to reduce its legal spend by as much as DM1bn (£311.8m).One source […]

Mathesons allies with Fulton Cleaver Rankin

Latest cross-border partnership formalises close relationship between firms Matheson Ormsby Prentice and Cleaver Fulton Rankin have become the latest Irish firms to team up with a cross-border alliance linking their practices in Dublin and Belfast.The move comes shortly after the most high-profile Irish cross-border partnership – the alliance between A&L Goodbody and Elliot Duffy Garrett […]

The Leader Column

The 10 best-performing London offices of US firms generated revenues of almost £320m last year. Only 12 of the top 50 US firms (ranked by worldwide revenue) do not have a presence in London, and the average London outpost now boasts more than 60 fee-earners. Of course, there remains the odd solely representative office – […]

UK lawyers in US death row battle

Lovells pro bono officer Yasmin Waljee is working with 14 Tooks Court barrister Hugh Southey on the legal battle to save UK national Tracy Housel from execution in the US Waljee and the set are working with lawyers from the Federal Defence Programme in Atlanta as part of a massive legal and political lobbying campaign […]

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