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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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Harmans’ family fortunes

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Land Securities makes counsel U-turn

Real estate giant Land Securities has shelved its plans to recruit a group general counsel. The FTSE100 business began the search in September last year (The Lawyer, 7 September 2006) and would have become the first major property development company to have a dedicated commercial in-house legal function. The company was looking for a group […]

Using your voice as a business tool

Little emphasis is placed on the voice, but it can define and influence how you come across to others. When a client or colleague meets you for the first time, they make a judgment based on how you speak. Therefore it makes sense to invest time in making your voice sound professional and as you […]

Simpson Thacher hikes charge-out rates

The New York office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett has increased its charge-out rate for top performing partners to $1,000 an hour. Key partners at the firm, such as head of litigation Barry Ostrager, litigation partner Kevin Arquit and M&A partner Richard Beattie, will now charge clients approximately 10 per cent more than their previously […]

DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices

DLA Piper sets 150-lawyer target for Germany offices” />DLA Piper is embarking on an ambitious growth strategy in Germany, drawing up plans to boost its number of lawyers in the region by 50 per cent. The firm currently has 100 lawyers in Germany, but regional managing partner Ulrich Juengst has plans to hit 150 through […]

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