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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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Bird & Bird scoops MP3’s pan-European business

Bird & Bird has landed leading internet music distributor MP3 as a client following a competitive tender process. It is understood that six firms pitched for the work, including one from the magic circle. The final choice was made after the beauty parade last month. The win is a significant one for technology specialist Bird […]

Olswang takes on Biddle's head of media

Olswang has recruited a new partner to its IP practice. Kim Walker joins the firm from Biddle, where he was head of the media department. Andrew Inglis, head of Olswang’s IP practice which currently employs 22 lawyers, including 4 partners, explains that the appointment is to meet current market demands. He says: “The commercial IP […]

Jones Day goes one up on Silicon Valley firms with ‘no equity’ plan

CLEVELAND firm Jones Day Reavis & Pogue is launching an office in Silicon Valley with a plan to set itself apart by refusing to accept equity in lieu of fees. The firm is moving in two partners to spearhead the growth of the practice, which is being established to service new venture capital client Sequoia […]

Bar squeezes senior clerks

Senior clerks are facing concerted pressure to reduce their earnings as chambers look to cut overheads. Salaries will typically account for about 50 per cent of a chambers’ total expenditure, with senior clerks at the five leading commercial sets earning between £100,000 and £350,000 a year. David Grief, senior clerk at Essex Court, is one […]

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