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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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The chairman of Ernst & Young (E&Y) Abogados in Spain Joan Costa has left to join opposition political party Partido Popular (PP). Costa will coordinate the party’s strategy for the next general election, while Víctor Gómez de la Cruz, the firm’s managing partner, will take over Costa’s role. Costa first joined E&Y in 1990, but […]

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The biggest event for public sector lawyers this year was arguably the Government’s new Catalist super-panel, the replacement for L-Cat. Lured by the honey of the high-paying ‘special projects’ sub-panel for projects worth £100m-plus, even the magic circle pitched, with Allen & Overy, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Linklaters all securing places. Some of the City’s […]

Dundas revisits shetland role

Dundas & Wilson has won a role advising the Shetland Islands Council on a review of the financial governance system it uses for funds raised through oil revenues. The firm originally acted for the council in the 1970s, when the latter was given the power to directly negotiate financial agreements with oil industry players in […]

What to do about Asia?

CMS Cameron McKenna’s decision finally to pull the plug on Hong Kong highlights a real divergence of opinion on the way forward for UK law firms. Camerons began its retreat in 2003 when it closed Beijing and made 40 Hong Kong lawyers redundant. It was followed a year later by Denton Wilde Sapte, which completely […]

US firms beat UK rivals on salaries

A newly qualified solicitor (NQ) at a New York firm in London can earn almost 50 per cent more than a salaried partner at a West End firm, recruitment consultant Laurence Simons has revealed. In its latest salary survey Laurence Simons states that a London NQ at a New York firm can command a salary […]

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