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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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Taylor & Emmet

For South Yorkshire firm Taylor & Emmet Solicitors, 2009 will be a landmark year. After steady growth, with turnover rising from £5m to £7m over four years, the coming year will see the firm convert to LLP status, expand its headcount and broaden its practice areas to cope with a more cut-throat commercial environment. Examples […]

Revenue and profit down at Dechert

Dechert today unveiled its financial results for 2008, with the US firm posting reductions in both turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP). Total revenue at the Philadelphia-headquartered firm fell 2 per cent to $816m while PEP was down 9 per cent to $2.14m. Pointing to the world economic slump that gathered pace in […]

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Today is Friday the 13th. But yesterday was the date that was truly unlucky for some. In a few hours on Thursday afternoon, one US firm after another lined up to announce layoffs. DLA Piper cut 180, including 80 lawyers (see story). Goodwin Procter laid off 38 lawyers and a total of 74 positions (see […]

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Freshfields leads on British Land rights issue

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has cemented its relationship with British Land by acting on the group’s £740m rights issue. The company said the issue would firm up its balance sheet but the move sent share prices in the property sector tumbling. Freshfields corporate partners Julian Long and Sarah Murphy led the team, while Linklaters corporate partner […]

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