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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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Manches ramps up property with double hire

Manches has bolstered its property team with the hire of two partners, including Davenport Lyons‘ former head of property Graham Atkins. Retail property specialist Atkins, who joined the firm last Monday (7 February), stepped down from a management role last year. He was at Davenport Lyons for 31 years. Manches has also hired Neil Benson, […]

Orrick raids Heller Ehrman for technology team

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has raided West Coast start up experts Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group, to secure a five partner technology team. John Bautista, David Lee, Mike Morrissey and Glen Van Ligten all join Orrick’s 80-lawyer Silicon Valley office, while Ned Ruffin will be based in Washington DC. They all join Orrick as partners. […]

Jeantet continues revenue hike

French stalwart Jeantet & Associés has posted a revenue hike of 10 per cent for the second year running. The firm saw turnover rise from €28.9m (£19.9m) in 2003 to €31.7m (£21.8m) in 2004. This follows a 9.5 per cent improvement between 2002 and 2003. Last year, Jeantet hired two new partners: former EY Law […]

SIF surplus runs to £55m

The Solicitors Indemnity Fund (SIF) has reported an accumulated surplus of £54.5m. The news comes almost five years after SIF was put into run-off, following the discovery of a significant shortfall in the fund. Since 1 September 2000, law firms have had to buy professional indemnity insurance on the open market, creating a fall in […]

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