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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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Squire Sanders’ City litigation head quits for Edwards Angell

The head of Squire Sanders’ London litigation practice has left to join the City base of  Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. Rod Cowper, who arrived at Squire Sanders from Bryan Cave in 2007, joins Edwards Angell as a partner. He said his decision was not linked to Squire Sanders’ ongoing merger talks with Hammonds (25 […]

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Abu Dhabi firm set to move into Dubai

AGHA & Shamsi, the Abu Dhabi firm established by DLA Piper’s former head of Islamic finance Oliver Agha, is poised to expand into Dubai. Agha quit DLA Piper in October 2008 with a team of three lawyers to launch Agha & Shamsi in January last year (The Lawyer, 26 January 2009). He will now relocate […]

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Pannick QC fails to convince CoA that privilege should apply to non-lawyers

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ruled that legal professional privilege cannot be extended to accountants offering tax advice. The decision has been welcomed by Law Society president Linda Lee for giving  “clarity and confirmation” on when legal privilege arises. The appellant, Prudential, had instructed Blackstone Chambers silk Lord Pannick QC to attempt to extend […]

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Links lends brollies to wannabe lawyers

Linklaters is looking to add some innovation to the law fair giveaway season by lending umbrellas to students rather than loading them up with freebies. As part of this year’s milk-round, the magic circle firm will be offering students the chance to ’borrow a brolly’, having in the past handed out items such as stationery […]

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Weightmans turns the spotlight on leadership

Weightmans managing partner Paddy Gaul is not a man given to making bold statements. Weightmans” src=”Pictures/web/y/g/w/Gaul_150.jpg” /> Paddy Gaul, Weightmans So when he tells The Lawyer that the firm is going to start a strategy review on 1 November that will examine all aspects of the business it is a fair assumption that something significant […]

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