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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 […]

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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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Cooley Godward Kronish has laid off 52 associates and 62 support staff due to the economic slowdown. In an internal statement the US firm announced that various levels of seniority have been affected with the public securities, finance and real estate practices all experiencing cuts. The statement said: “Given the continued slowdown we have experienced […]

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Exclusive: Linklaters to axe up to 70 partners in massive shake-up

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Ireland Special Report: Ireland’s Chinese medicine

A memorandum of understanding between Ireland and China looks set to breathe new life into the republic’s investments funds industry – possibly at the expense of rival domicle Luxembourg. A recently signed agreement with China has exposed Irish-domiciled investment funds to one of the world’s largest pools of private ­capital. And with closer links between […]

Masseys founder quits to set up rival

A founding partner of litigation boutique Masseys has broken away to launch a rival firm because of ‘philosophical differences’ over how the firm should grow. Masseys was launched in 2004 by Baker & McKenzie trio Gerald Cooke, Sean Upson and Jane Colston. In 2006 the firm hired Baker & McKenzie lawyer Philip Young to complete […]

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Bingham financials: PEP up 6 per cent, turnover up 3

Bingham McCutchen has announced a 6.4 per cent hike in profit per equity partner (PEP) for the 2008 financial year. The US firm grew PEP from $1.335m in 2007 up to $1.42m in 2008. Global revenue at the firm saw a 3.2 per cent increase in the same period, to $767m from $743.5m last year. […]

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