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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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Sainsbury’s leans on legal team in Sudan 1 fiasco

J Sainsbury’s in-house legal department is playing a key role in steering the FTSE 100 retailer through the largest product recall in UK retail history. Jillian Hardwicke, a senior product law adviser at Sainsbury’s, is handling all the legal issues arising out of the recall of products containing the colouring known as Sudan 1. Hardwicke stepped in […]

Exodus of Leeds construction team adds to Hammonds’ woes

Hammonds is losing a construction team to rival Addleshaw Goddard in Leeds. The team includes two equity partners and three fixed-share equity partners who handed in their resignations on Friday (25 February). These are national construction head Simon Palmer as well as fellow partners Mark Hilton, John Emerton, Andrew MacCuish and Jonathan Tattersall. It is […]

B&M in Paul Hastings IP capture

Baker & McKenzie has bagged a six-lawyer IP team from the San Diego office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. The team is led by partner Howard Wisnia and includes associates James Conley, Noel Gillespie, Dave Koo, Christopher Serra and patent agent Lester Anderson. The new group focuses its practice in litigating IP disputes and […]

Abbott Laboratories hires new general counsel

Laura Schumacher has been promoted to the post of senior vice-president, secretary and general counsel at US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories, succeeding Jose de Lasa, who will retire at the end of March. Schumacher will report to chairman and chief executive officer Miles White. Previously, Schumacher was vice-president, secretary and deputy general counsel. She joined the litigation department […]

Abbott Laboratories hires new general counsel

Laura Schumacher has been promoted to the post of senior vice-president, secretary and general counsel at US healthcare company Abbott Laboratories, succeeding Jose de Lasa, who will retire at the end of March. Schumacher will report to chairman and chief executive officer Miles White. Previously, Schumacher was vice-president, secretary and deputy general counsel. She joined the litigation department […]

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