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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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Simmons shuts Rotterdam, focuses on Amsterdam

Simmons & Simmons has decided to close its Rotterdam office and move all its Dutch lawyers to Amsterdam. The announcement comes after a two-month consultation on the fate of the office. Rotterdam had been the larger of the firm’s two Dutch branches, with 27 partners and 78 fee earners compared to seven partners and 12 […]

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Duran Duran, Snow Patrol spats see Blackstone win litigation double bill

Blackstone Chambers has scooped a brace of leading roles on two high-profile music litigation cases, with co-head Ian Mill QC leading on disputes involving pop groups Duran Duran and Snow Patrol. Both groups have been sued by former members over breaching partnership duties. Blackstone barrister Tom Weisselberg is also ­acting for the groups. It is […]

Tyco poised to review Eversheds’ status as sole external adviser

Eversheds’ status as sole external adviser” />The terms of Eversheds’ status as manufacturing company Tyco’s sole external legal adviser are up for review as the contract comes up for a 12-month renewal. Eversheds ;will ;deal ­principally with David Symonds, who will take responsibility for Tyco’s legal function for Europe, the Middle East and Africa ­following […]

Fulbright: revenue and PEP up 7 per cent

Fulbright & Jaworski has reported relatively robust financial figures for the 2008 calendar year, with revenue and profits both rising by around 7 per cent. The US firm saw average profits per equity partner rise by 7.35 per cent, up from $776,966 at the end of 2007 to $833,000 at the 2008 year end. Over […]

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