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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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A&O names Shearman joiner as German managing partner

Allen & Overy has named a relative newcomer to the firm as its next German managing partner, with the incumbent preparing to step down at the end of this year. Gottfried Breuninger, who joined the magic circle firm in 2008 from the Munich office of Shearman & Sterling, has been appointed to the role, according […]

Eversheds shows some PEP

Some basic mathematics today, courtesy of Eversheds: how do you get yourself a juicy 28 per cent rise in profit while simultaneously registering a drop in revenue? As chief exec Bryan Hughes would no doubt explain, it’s a pretty simple formula: employ fewer people. Last year, there were 150 equity partners at the top 10 […]

Day of the low costs: Joanna Day, Santander UK

Santander UK’s head of commercial law, Joanna Day, has seen the company undergo radical change and has been instrumental in guiding it through the recession. Name: Joanna DayCompany: Santander UK PlcPosition: Head of commercial lawIndustry: Financial services providerTotal operating income: £4,696 millionTotal number of employees: 19,483Total legal capability: 36 lawyersTotal legal spend: £1.5m Joanna Day’s […]

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Why Joy Kingsley quit Pannone after 30 years

Manchester firm ­Pannone was marking the end of an era last week as senior partner Joy Kingsley announced she is leaving the firm for a much smaller local rival JMW Solicitors. Having spent her entire career at Pannone, Kingsley chose to leave because “firms evolve and I made the ­decision to look around”. “I’d never been to a recruiter before and was surprised by […]

Cripps sees 10 per cent profit rise as turnover remains static

A strong showing from property and private client has seen South East firm Cripps Harries Hall post a 10.8 per cent rise in net profit for the 2009-10 financial year. The firm’s net profit rose from £5.1m in 2008-09 to £5.65m in 2009-10, though turnover remained static at £19.2m. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) […]

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