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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 […]

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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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Falconer: judges should be allowed to return to practice

Judges at all levels will be allowed to resign and return to legal practice under new proposals announced by the Lord Chancellor this morning (12 September). Lord Falconer, the Lord Chancellor, launched a consultation paper seeking the profession’s views on safeguards to be introduced to allow judges to leave the Bench and begin practising again. […]

Eversheds eyes Asia with Shanghai opening

Eversheds is launching its first office in mainland China after being handed a licence to practice in Shanghai. The firm has hired Linklaters associate Peter Corne to be the managing director of the new office, which starts up with three lawyers. The Shanghai office will work closely with Eversheds’ UK-based China group led by partner […]

DC powerhouse launches in New York

Washington DC-headquartered firm Crowell & Moring has expanded into New York, launching a Manhattan office following raids on Arent Fox and Dorsey & Whitney. Trial lawyer William McSherry, former head of Arent Fox’s New York office and co-chair of its litigation practice, joins as a partner in Crowell’s litigation group. Intellectual property partner Janet MacLeod, […]

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So Ralph Baxter has taken another step in his quest for world domination, or, more importantly, dominance over Nigel Knowles. Yesterday the chairman of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe joyously confirmed to The Lawyer that his firm is in preliminary merger discussions with New York’s Dewey Ballantine in a move that could create a new legal […]

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