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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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Osbornes forms seven-member Euro-alliance with German firm

Bristol-based Osborne Clarke has added a 35-partner German firm and a Milan firm to its European alliance and re-named it Osborne Westphalen International. The German firm Graf von Westphalen Fritze and Modest, run by the Count of Westphalia Friedrich Graf von Westphalen, is a mid-sized corporate, IP, IT and media practice originally based in Cologne, […]

Demand rises for "know-how' staff

THE recent explosion of mergers and the tendency towards specialisation will lead to a sharp rise in the number of law firms employing “know-how” managers to share out information, recruitment consultants have predicted. Know-how managers act as a bridge between the legal and the IT departments of the firm. The majority of the top 20 […]

Hiccup over Wilde Sapte/AA

In a move which is likely to affect Wilde Sapte’s deal to link with Arthur Andersen, two leading asset finance partners – David Smith and Mario Jacovides – have resigned to join Allen & Overy. The two were significant billers and their departures – at a time when Andersens is doing financial due diligence on […]

In brief: SJ Berwin seeks German alliance

SJ Berwin was believed to be tying up an alliance this weekend with a medium-sized German firm. Partners discussed the deal at their retreat the previous weekend (9-10 May). SJ Berwin, which already has an EU law Brussels office, once had an alliance with Paris-based Salans Hertzfeld & Heilbronn. It has been a member of […]

Taking the alternative route

Set for a Big City firm and big pay packet? Not neccessarily. Daniel Holden looks at the options for those not entering private practice. Daniel Holden is a freelance journalist. Private practice for solicitors and barristers is the most sought after career choice for students having completed a Bar Vocational Course (BVC) or Legal Practice […]

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