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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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White & Case City office posts 67 per cent PEP hike

White & Case’s London office has reported a staggering 67 per cent increase in profit per equity partner (PEP). The office bounced back from its disappointing profit results in 2005 to record a PEP of $1.28m (£693,000) in the year to 31 December 2006.The results follow a 24 per cent drop in PEP in 2005 […]

Goldstein takes parting shot at law firms’ obsession with size

Olswang ’s soon-to-be former chief executive Jonathan Goldstein is in rare contemplative mood when The Lawyer meets him. It is seven days since The Lawyer broke the news that Goldstein is to quit in April (5 February). Last month, after considerable soul-searching, Olswang’s 40-year-old chief executive decided to tell his friend, partner and senior management […]

The bar must rise above issues of social class

Much has been written about the problems faced by young people in becoming barristers. Some barristers have responded to these concerns by saying that it was never meant to be easy to become a practising barrister, because only those with the greatest talent are required. There is truth in both sides of the argument. No […]

Pru shells out on Slaughters in Egg sale

Slaughter and May and Linklaters have landed the lead roles on Prudential’s binding agreement to sell its internet banking subsidiary Egg to Citigroup. Slaughters advised Prudential on the £575m disposal, led by partner William Underhill, who also advised Prudential on its £217m takeover of the remaining 22 per cent stake two years ago. Linklaters, led […]

GC100 warns businesses on directors’ duties

The General Counsel 100 (GC100) has warned company boards not to fall foul of the new directors’ duties provisions in the Companies Act after it published new guidelines to help board decision-making. The group has released the guidelines for directors to identify best practice so as to ensure companies do not breach the legislation, which […]

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