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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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French international Gide Loyrette Nouel has leapfrogged accountancy-tied firm Ernst & Young Societé d’Avocats (E&Y, formerly EY Law) to become France’s second-biggest firm by revenues. Gide’s French turnover rose from 116.1m euros in 2003 to 125.6m euros for the calendar year 2004, according to research released by French legal magazine Juristes Associés. E&Y’s income dropped […]

Osborne Clarke case sees courts accept written offers of payment

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The Lawyer shatters PEP as success benchmark

One of the key financial measures of law firm success, profit per equity partner (PEP), has been overhauled in research by The Lawyer. The new figure, average profit per partner, includes all partners, not just equity. The remuneration of non-equity partners is added to the net profit and divided by the entire partnership. On this […]

Court of Appeal clarifies GMC guidelines on right to life

Field Fisher Waterhouse has secured victory for the General Medical Council (GMC) in its appeal against a High Court decision in the “right to life” case of Burke v the GMC. The GMC appealed against a decision of Mr Justice Munby in July 2004 in which he declared that GMC guidlines were unlawful. The claimant […]

Revealed: the true profit per partner

We love to respond to popular demand. Every year, when we put together The Lawyer UK 100 Annual Report – a piece of research that has become the definitive benchmark of fees and profits in the legal profession – we get the same refrain. How can you compare firms which have completely different equity structures? […]

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