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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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Contingency fees are coming, and given the continuing problems with conditional fee arrangements (CFAs), it is surely about time they did. The Government has clearly got itself into a bit of a mess on this one, with almost every quarter distinctly unhappy at the operation of CFAs. Put simply, it is bad practice. The defendant […]

B&M opens tax practice in Houston

Baker & McKenzie‘s Houston office is launching a tax practice, recruiting Fulbright & Jaworski partner Susan Stone to head the operation. The Houston office was established two years ago and until now has housed just two practices – projects and litigation. James O’Brien, chair of the North American tax practice group, says: “It was always […]

Miller leaves CC Brussels for in-house post at Dexia

Clifford Chance is losing top Brussels partner Axel Miller when he takes on a newly-created in-house role with longstanding client banking group Dexia next month. Miller is a Belgian-qualified M&A and corporate finance specialist. Subject to the approval of Dexia’s board of directors, he will join Dexia as a member of its executive committee and […]

Brief encounter: 12 king's bench walk

The advent of conditional fee arrangements (CFAs) has struck fear into the hearts of many chambers, and apathy in most. In a survey conducted by The Lawyer on 16 October 2000, only one of 30 sets could supply information of their exposure to CFAs. However, for the chambers of Richard Methuen QC, 12 King’s Bench […]

Birmingham raids rival law colleges

The Birmingham College of Law has raided a host of legal institutions to appoint five senior lecturers. Pamela Davie, a partner at Herbert Wilkes, joins from the Nottingham Law School, where she was the course leader in advanced litigation LLM. Stuart Bladon and Catherine Bassatt of Andersen Legal join from the University of Central England. […]

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