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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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Eversheds rescues Kwik Save in nine-hour race against the clock

EVERSHEDS, North West firm DWF and Linklaters have all acted in an against-the clock bid to save supermarket chain Kwik Save from collapse. Eversheds advised KPMG’s business rescue team – members of which were appointed as administrators after advising Kwik Save on its restructuring – in a scheme to relaunch the company under new brand […]

Hammersmith residents fight to halt legal centre funding cut

The London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham is being sued by three legal advice centre users to stop it cutting grants to the local law centre. The three citizens, Hodan Ali, Sosen Assefa and Yasmine Pettigrew, all live or work in Fulham and have applied for a ‘fast-track’ order for the case to be heard […]

Pinsent Masons: David Ryan

‘Every one matters’ is Pinsents’ new mantra. Managing partner David Ryan tells The Lawyer just how he plans to put those words into practice Name: David RyanFirm: Pinsent MasonsTitle: Managing partnerFirm turnover: £192.4mNumber of fee-earners: 1,008David Ryan’s CVEducation:1982: St John’s College, Oxford, BA law1986: London and Chicago Business Schools, MBAWork History:1983: Trainee, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer1985: […]

SJ Berwin boosts CMT team

SJ Berwin has hired consultant Stewart White from communications company Bell Pottinger into its communications, media and technology (CMT) team. White is the former group public policy director at Vodafone and worked on the mobile phone company’s acquisition of German operator Mannesmann in 1999. The SJ Berwin team recruited head of outsourcing David Meredith earlier […]

Trowers chief dismisses new Middle East competition

Trowers & Hamlins senior partner Jonathan Adlington has dismissed claims that top City firms launching in the Middle East pose a threat to the firm’s own local practice. Adlington made the bullish statement in the July edition of The Lawyer Podcast, which is a radio-style programme available on the internet. It is available to listen […]

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