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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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Mason Hayes plans US growth

Mason Hayes & Curran’s outgoing managing partner Declan Moylan has promised to increase the Irish firm’s international footprint when he takes over the chairmanship next April. Moylan, who has served three three-year terms as managing partner, has decided not to seek a fourth term in the role, with litigation and employment law head Emer Gilvarry […]

Healthcare head quits Mills & Reeve to join No5

No5 Chambers has hired Mills & Reeve head of healthcare David Lock to set up a new public law group. No5 Chambers has hired Mills & Reeve head of healthcare David Lock to set up a new public law group. Lock, a former government minister in the Lord Chancellor’s Department, leaves Mills & Reeve after […]

Lovells in H Bauer magazine purchase

Lovells’ London office has reaped the benefits of a recommendation from the firm’s Hamburg base, landing an instruction on publisher H Bauer’s £1.14bn acquisition of Emap’s consumer magazine and commercial radio divisions. Lovells’ London office has reaped the benefits of a recommendation from the firm’s Hamburg base, landing an instruction on publisher H Bauer’s £1.14bn […]

Olswang expands Belgian headcount

Olswang has hired IP partner Christine De Keersmaeker from Bright Legal Solutions in a bid to expand its Brussels office. De Keersmaeker will bring with her two associates, expanding the office’s capability to 10 lawyers (two partners and eight associates) and one trainee. Michael Burdon, joint head of the firm’s IP group, said Olswang had […]

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Charities named for The Lawyer Awards 2008

Charities the Children’s Trust and Kid’s Company will be the official beneficiaries at The Lawyer Awards 2008 after a web poll conducted on TheLawyer.com. The awards ceremony will be held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on 24 June 2008. Last year the two beneficiary charities Childhope and Cystic Fibrosis Trust received more than £88,000. The […]

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