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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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Tulkinghorn: Move over Don, there are new suits in town

Back in July you may recall that Kennedys marked the opening of its Sheffield office by producing a thrilling music video of its lawyers miming – yet still somehow managing to massacre – Queen’s classic hit Don’t Stop Me Now. The production must have hit a nerve with deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, who, ­Tulkinghorn […]

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Norton Rose suffers four-partner walk out in Paris

Norton Rose is set to lose a team of four partners in Paris, one month after losing five lawyers to Stephenson Harwood. Corporate partners Jean-Francois Mercadier, Pascale Gallien and Anne-Sylvie Vassenaix-Paxton, and dispute resolution partner Alexander Brabant are all expected to leave the firm with their associates. It is not clear where they are going […]

Shearman plans a radical strategy rethink to boost litigation revenue

Firm targeting US and Europe for growth as it looks to make up ground on rivals. By Matt Byrne Shearman & Sterling is aiming to increase its global litigation revenues significantly over the next few years in what amounts to an admission that its dispute resolution capabilities are currently underweight. Shearman has one of the […]

BBL focuses on Olympics with EMW hire

The British Basketball League (BBL) has appointed EMW Picton Howell as its sole legal adviser. BBL chairman Paul Blake said the appointment was made ahead of the body’s plans to capitalise on the commercial opportunities that will be created by the London Olympics in 2012. The Milton Keynes-based firm will provide all legal advice to […]

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