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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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Clifford Chance reinstates NQ salary benchmark

Clifford Chance has upped newly qualified lawyers’ salaries, returning pay scales to pre-September 2003 levels. Newly-qualifieds will be now paid £50,000, the same rate they enjoyed before Clifford Chance introduced a review of lawyers’ salaries in April last year which saw pay-packets cut from £50,000 to £48,000 for those joining the firm after September 2003. […]

Mediation upturn hit by Court of Appeal ruling

Hopes of a sudden rise in mediation have been shattered after the Court of Appeal ruled against fining two companies that refused to consider alternative dispute resolution. In the long awaited action on the joint appeal of Halsey v Milton Keynes NHS Trust and Steel v Joy, the court laid down the principle that litigants […]

Hengeler Mueller selects new management

Slaughter and May’s German best friend Hengeler Mueller has elected a new management team replacing its managing partners for Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. Christof Jackle will take over from Hendrik Haag as head of the Frankfurt office. While Matthias Blaum take on responsibility for Dusseldorf from Gerd Krieger. Both appointments are for a two-year term. Haag […]

Sidley Austin clients round on tax shelter ruling

More than 40 former Sidley Austin Brown & Wood clients are to appeal a ruling by a US federal judge last week, ordering the US firm to turn over clients’ names to the Inland Revenue Service (IRS) in relation to a tax shelter investigation. In November 2003 a Senate subcommittee report revealed that legacy firm […]

Squire Sanders pursues China with Shanghai opening

Squire Sanders & Dempsey is continuing its push into China with the official opening of its Shanghai office. The firm obtained its license to practice in Shanghai on 6 April. Squire Sanders’ Beijing managing partner Dan Roules, who also is in charge of co-ordinating the firm’s China practices, will head up the office and will […]

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