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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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Simmons copies Linklaters by slashing client count

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Whole new world

As London and New York lose their status as leading financial centres, Peter Bubenzer asks: should offshore firms look to pastures new? With the evident rise of the Brazil, Russia, India and China (Bric) economies, it is apparent that there are ­significant opportunities for international law firms in non-traditional markets. The question is how to […]

Tulkinghorn: The Itchy & Scratchy show

Tulkinghorn thought his readers would like an update on how his ­Movember Moustache Team was getting on. Itchy & scratchy Tulkinghorn thought his readers would like an update on how his ­Movember Moustache Team was getting on. As the readers can see, the first week is the hardest. But please sponsor the ’taches, which are […]

Howrey, Reed Smith snap up Thelen teams

Howrey and Reed Smith have become the latest US firms to acquire remnants of collapsed firm Thelen. Howrey confirmed today (Wednesday 12 November) that it was acquiring the bulk of Thelen’s construction practice, including former Thelen chairman Stephen O’Neal, with the majority of the 40-plus lawyer group based in San Francisco and Washington, DC. Howrey […]

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Jobless lawyers thrown holiday lifeline

Lawyers have been offered a discount on around-the-world trips if they prove they have been made redundant. Dragoman, a Suffolk-based travel company, has spotted a gap in the market and said that it will give 10 per cent off its holidays for anybody showing their P45 to its sales reps. Managing director Adam Dixon-Smith said: […]

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