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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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King & Spalding has elected product liability lawyer Robert Hays as the firm’s new chairman. Hay will take over the helm of the Altanta-headquartered firm from 1 January 2006, when outgoing chairman Walter Driver’s second three-year term ends. During Diver’s reign, King & Spalding has nearly tripled in size to more than 800 lawyers, expanded […]

Turnover up 59 per cent at Watson Burton

Watson Burton has seen its half-year turnover rocket by 59 per cent. As first reported on www.thelawyer.com (28 November), the North East firm, currently in the higher reaches of The Lawyer Rising 50, posted a six month-figure of £10.8m, up from £6.8m for the same period last year. If the firm’s fee income continues to […]

Women, ethnic minorities and solicitors: the courts need you

The judiciary is not renowned for being an exemplary equal opportunities employer and, for this reason, the recent appointment of a teenage “disc jockey of Asian origin” (as the tabloids put it) as the youngest-ever magistrate caught the public imagination. It transpired that Anand Limbachia was in fact a sober-minded civil servant who had never […]

A&O suffers further loss as finance star joins Skadden

Skadden” />Allen & Overy (A&O) has suffered its seventh partner resignation this year as finance partner Clive Wells quits for Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (2 December), Wells handed in his notice on 1 December. He had been at the magic circle firm for three years, having joined A&O […]

Confusion continues as FRS5 tax burden is spread

Many law firms were celebrating this morning after the chancellor, Gordon Brown, relaxed the rules relating to a major tax uplift in his pre-Budget statement. However, the position of larger or more profitable firms was still unclear. The additional tax liability had been created by changes to the way professional partnerships account for revenue and […]

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