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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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The partners of Hammonds’ debt collection spin-off Drydens have sold the business months after another Hammonds spin-off, Hammonds Direct, went into administration. Drydens has been bought for an undisclosed sum by lawyer and licensed insolvency practitioner Philip Holden. Holden is a former Dibb Lupton Broomhead (now DLA Piper) partner who in 2002 set up niche […]

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People Moves

Simmons & Simmons IP partner Willem Leppink (left) has left the firm to join Osborne Clarke alliance firm Ploum Lodder Princen as an equitypartner in Rotterdam. Willem Leppink Move of the week The move comes after Simmons announced that it was to close its Rotterdam office and move its lawyers to Amsterdam. Ploum Lodder managing […]

CC New York litigators take partnership at Gibson Dunn

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher has hired a trio of litigators who have left the New York office of magic circle firm Clifford Chance. Clifford Chance’s former global head of litigation Mark Kirsch, who resigned from Clifford Chance last week (29 May 2008), has joined Gibson Dunn along with partners Joel Cohen and Christopher Joralemon. Gibson […]

DWF raids Dickie Dees for pensions triumvirate

DWF HAS bolstered its pensions practice after ­hiring a three-strong team from Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees. Partner Martin Jenkins joins as the North West firm’s head of pensions along with associates Kate Byers and Lucy Herbert. DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said: “Despite the current climate we’re continuing to expand in line with our longer-term strategy […]

Kurt Geiger counsel steps back into pharma

Kurt Geiger general counsel Suzanne Smith is to leave the company to return to the pharmaceuticals sector, joining global biotechnology corporation Genzyme. Smith joined Kurt Geiger a year ago from ­pharma company Phoqus ­Pharmaceuticals, where she was general counsel. She joined Phoqus in February 2005 and was appointed company secretary in ­January 2007. Smith will join US ­company Genzyme later this year […]

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