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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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Cadwalader partners to lose $3m from Lehman fund

A group of partners at Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft stand to lose significant sums in an investment made in a Lehman Brothers private equity fund. The news comes as Cadwalader nears the end of a financial year during which it has made two rounds of redundancies and which is expected to result in a significant […]

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BLP’s revenues stagnate at the half-year point

Berwin Leighton Paisner has posted flat growth for the first six months of the 2008-09 financial year, attracting £84m in fee income over the period. The firm’s turnover stood at £84m at the same point last year following a 20 per cent rise. A BLP spokesperson said: “Growth is essentially flat. We’ve seen fee income […]

Jackson LJ drafted in to investigate litigation costs 10 years after Woolf

The cost of bringing ­litigation is under greater scrutiny than ever after the Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke appointed Lord Justice Rupert Jackson to conduct a year-long review. The cost of bringing ­litigation in England and Wales is under greater scrutiny than ever before after the Master of the Rolls Sir Anthony Clarke […]

More jobs to go in South West

“These are tough times, I’m just trying to steer us through,” one Bristol managing partner sighs. Talk of legal redundancies are high on the agenda across the South West, with Clarke Willmott currently in consultation with 40 members of staff (The Lawyer.com 28 October). But many firms are trying to make the most of their […]

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Lovells wins pro bono rape case

Lovells’ pro bono team has won a landmark case for a rape victim whose accused attacker had his conviction quashed. The accused attacker had tried to win £300,000 in compensation from Lovells’ client, AB. The claimant, Mr Hunt, was convicted of rape by Winchester Crown Court in November 2003 in relation to an incident that […]

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