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All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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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DLA promotes 59 to partnership

DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has promoted 59 lawyers to its partnership worldwide in the first promotions since the 2005 merger. The UK offices gained twelve new partners including four each in London and Manchester, plus two each in Leeds, Liverpool and Sheffield. In the US there were 35 newly elected partners. The firm has […]

Orrick’s new London head pledges continued growth

Structured finance specialist Martin Bartlam has been appointed the new head of Orrick’s London offfice.Bartlam, a former Jones Day head of finance who spent two years as head of structured products at Credit Lyonnais (now Calyon) in London, joined Orrick in December 2004. He succeeds Adrian Harris, whose two-year term as office leader expired at […]

A&O’s Watson quits for Dechert

Allen & Overy (A&O) telecoms partner Chris Watson has become the latest partner to leave the magic circle firm. Watson, who joined A&O as a partner from Simmons & Simmons in 2000, will join Dechert’s competition practice in London at the end of the month. He announced his resignation yesterday (13 February). Commenting on his […]

Davis Polk and Milbank join in wage hike trend

Two more New York firms have raised their associate salaries, suggesting the recent wave of rises among West Coast firms is being mirrored in the east. Davis Polk & Wardwell and Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy increased associate pay on Wednesday (8 February) by $20,000 (£11,000) across the board, with first-years due to receive $145,000 […]

Dewey IP team defects to Dechert

Dewey Ballantine has been rocked, with seven of its IP litigation partners jumping ship to Dechert. The departures include the highly rated James Elacqua, who only joined Dewey in 2003 as part of a raid from the now-defunct Brobeck Phleger & Harrison. Craig Allison, Jonathan Baker, Elacqua, Noemi Espinosa, Bryan Farney, Stephen Rosenman and Andrew […]

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