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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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Addleshaw Goddard loses in mammoth CFA case Berezovsky v Abramovich

Mrs Justice Gloster has thrown out claims totalling $5bn brought by Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky against Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, handing a huge defeat to Addleshaw Goddard. In her ruling, Gloster J told a packed courtroom at the Rolls Building that Berezovsky had been an unreliable witness whose “I blame my lawyers” excuse was […]

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Irwin Mitchell, Hodge Jones & Allen face negligence claim over MMR case

Irwin Mitchell and Hodge Jones & Allen have been hit with a professional negligence claim over how they case managed a group action relating to the measle, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Leeds-based Blacks Solicitors disputes chief Luke Patel is instructed in the case for former clients of the two firms, with David Berkley QC […]

Another Dewey partner makes claims

Earlier this summer former Dewey & LeBoeuf IP partner Henry Bunsow brought a law suit against the defunct firm’s senior management alleging they had run a Ponzi scheme, securing capital contributions from new joiners that they knew they could not repay. Now, another former partner – energy specialist Steven Otillar – is making allegations against […]

Living Social legal chief jumps to King.com

The former international legal chief of deals website Living Social has taken up a new in-house role at online games developer King.com. Rob Miller, who has held top legal jobs at Skype and eBay in the past, joins two other in-house lawyers at King.com where he will report to CEO Riccardo Zacconi as chief legal […]

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BLP picks up Norton Rose corporate star Stanier

Norton Rose corporate specialist Julian Stanier has quit the firm to join Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) as a partner. Stanier is set to move to BLP on 5 November, becoming the latest in a line of big-name corporate partners to join the UK firm this year. He joined Norton Rose in 1994 and made partner […]

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