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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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Masons secures IBM contract for Invensys

Masons has advised Invensys on the outsourcing of its global IT systems to IBM in a 10-year deal worth up to $100m (£69.6m) a year.The transaction initially involves the provision of IT services to 18 countries and the transfer to IBM of 700 Invensys staff worldwide.Masons advised Invensys from the initial procurement phase to the […]

Gibbons joins forces with Cobrin & Gittes

Gibbons Del Deo Dolan Griffinger & Vecchione has merged with New York niche intellectual property (IP) firm Cobrin & Gittes In the past, the two firms have been regular adversaries in court. The combined firm has 32 lawyers in its IP group, making it the largest of any general practice New Jersey firm.

Fulbright opens German office in European debut

Houston-based Fulbright & Jaworski has opened an office in Munich, giving the firm its first presence in Continental Europe The move also makes it the first Texan-based firm to open an office on the Continent.The office will not compete with German firms but will instead advise its German-speaking clients on US law.It will be headed […]

Mediate action

Mediation is not always the best solution. Michel Kallipetis QC and Colin Manning describe how the Court of Appeal’s process needs to change if it is to become standard practice On 20 March 2002, the Lord Chancellor’s Department published a further report in its Research Series entitled “Alternative Dispute Resolution in Commercial Cases and in […]

Dickinsons boosts private client

Dickinson Dees has recruited divorce lawyer Margaret Simpson from Archers to head its private client department in the Tees Valley office Simpson has taken the majority of her clients with her. Family law partner Ray Porter will replace Simpson as head of Archers’ family department.

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