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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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Macfarlanes makes rare lateral from Jones Day

Macfarlanes has made a rare lateral hire by poaching public law partner Ian Ginbey from Jones Day. Ginbey is only Macfarlanes’ second lateral partner hire in seven months, coming after head of international benefits Jane Marshall joined the firm from Hammonds in June 2006. The firm made no lateral hires during the 2005-06 financial year, […]

Salans falls prey as Herbies steals tax ace in Russia drive

Herbert Smith has scooped Russia’s leading tax lawyer in a dual raid on Salans’ Moscow office at a time when tax issues are critical to corporations operating in the country. Herbert Smith’s Moscow office has hired tax partner Oleg Konnov and corporate M&A partner Alexi Roudiak from Salans. Following the 2003 arrest and subsequent conviction […]

Ward Hadaway hikes turnover and sets up Newcastle office

North East firm Ward Hadaway has boosted turnover by 18 per cent at the financial mid-year point. If business continues in a similar vein for the second half of the year, turnover will exceed £25m. Managing partner Jamie Martin described the rise as “spot on target”, and attributed the growth to “the rate of activity […]

Browne Jacobson creates ‘blue light’ team

Midlands firm Browne Jacobson has launched a specialist emergency services group for ‘blue light’ clients in the fire, ambulance and police services. The new team will seek to align 35 lawyers practising property, employment, commercial, property litigation and liability law. The group is led by environmental and governance partner Richard Barlow, who explained that emergency […]

Merger failure leaves Dewey with $89m pensions black hole

Dewey Ballantine is facing a pensions deficit totalling $89m (£45.18m), The Lawyer can exclusively reveal. The firm, which ended its merger talks with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe on 4 January, will now have to meet its unfunded pension obligations alone. The pension deficit was among the issues that derailed the two firms’ merger talks earlier […]

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