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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 […]

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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 strange decline of A&O banking

And so the Kirkland & Ellis recruitment saga draws to a close with the hire of leveraged finance partner Stephen Gillespie from Allen & Overy (A&O). And so the Kirkland & Ellis recruitment saga draws to a close with the hire of leveraged finance partner Stephen Gillespie from Allen & Overy (A&O). Kirkland’s trawl for leveraged buyout […]

College of Law wins right to award LLBs

In the biggest shake-up in legal education since the launch of the LPC, the College of Law has become the first non-university-affiliated law school to win degree-awarding powers. From September 2006 students completing the college’s GDL and LPC will graduate with a law degree (LLB) rather than a diploma. It also has the power to […]

Arendt and Elvinger enjoy funds upswing

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Bird & Bird gets in a flap over erotic club

If the staff canteens of City firms do little to excite your imagination – or your tastebuds – then you could do worse than apply for traineeship at IP specialists Bird & Bird. A burlesque club, called Volupté, has opened underneath its Chancery Lane office. Despite the club’s strict no-nipple policy, the management at Bird […]

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