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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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With its boom in IPOs and capital markets, Brazil is the latest hotspot that law firms are focusing on The lure of vibrant Brazilian industry has had ­international law firms flocking to São Paulo. The explosive IPO ­market that has characterised Brazil in recent years has caught the ­attention of both UK and US firms, […]

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Norton Rose has raided DMH Stallard for IP ­partner Jonathan Ball, who only joined the South East firm ;a ;year ;ago ;from ­Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Ball, who had been a ­senior associate at Freshfields, will head Norton Rose’s contentious IP practice, working closely with communication, media and technology (CMT) chief Mike Rebeiro, who heads the […]

Travers Smith freezes junior lawyers’ pay

Travers Smith has frozen salaries for its associates and trainees after announcing disappointing financial results for 2007-08. It means that the firm’s junior lawyers remain on last year’s rates of £36,000 for first-year trainees, £40,000 for ­second-year trainees and £64,0000 for newly qualified ­associates. Last month Travers revealed that turnover had risen by just 3.2 […]

Forsters snares four Withers partners

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