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All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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 […]

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Astana is officially the second coldest capital in the world, number one being neighbouring Mongolia’s Ulan Bator. This winter the temperature gauge lingered at a low minus 40 degrees. Before I came to Kazakhstan I had witnessed what I thought were cold winters but I never actually owned a fur coat. Now I have three. […]

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There really must be something in the water. Just last week Denton Wilde Sapte chief executive Howard Morris, flush with the excitement of his firm’s impending merger with Chicago’s Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, predicted there would be a clamour of firms looking to follow their example. Today we reveal that Mayer Brown, itself the ­product […]

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Once considered to be a bastion of British justice, it appears that trial by jury in libel cases has fallen out of vogue and could soon be stopped altogether. Earlier this year Lord Justice Jackson in his review of civil litigation costs said jury trials contributed to disproportionate costs in libel cases and recommended that […]

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 […]

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