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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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Media boutique Schillings has been growing its client base again. A few months ago we found them acting for GlaxoSmithKline against animal rights extremists on an unusual emergency injunction against persons unknown. Now name partner Keith Schilling is acting for the Law Society on its last-minute ex parte injunction on the new disclosure rules for […]

Readies waiting?

Whether law firms want to become LLPs is one issue but who are these potential investors and what do they get out of it? Simon Prideaux reports The proposals in the draft Legal Services Bill open up a wide spectrum of new funding opportunities for law firms. These range from allowing key non-lawyer employees to […]

Sony BMG appeals merger clearance reversal

Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and Sony Music are appealing against the Court of First Instance judgment, which overturned the European Commission’s decision to clear the merger between the two companies. The Commission cleared the merger between BMG and Sony, advised by Slaughter and May and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton respectively, in July 2004. However, […]

Weightmans captures RAC lawyer

Weightmans has recruited head of legal services Bavita Rai from the RAC to become the firm’s first-ever head of litigation operations. Rai joins Weightmans as a partner. Weightmans managing partner Patrick Gaul said: “Bavita has the right skills. She’s worked in commerce and has experience in this industry. She’s also a very personable individual.” The […]

CC transfers 300 jobs to India in £30m cost-cutting drive

Clifford Chance is set to move 300 jobs to India as it targets more cost-savings of up to £30m. The magic circle firm is looking to launch a shared service centre in Delhi which will comprise part of the global finance and IT support function. Accordingly, the firm is about to enter consultation with its […]

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