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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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Lawyers predict changes to privacy pay-outs after News of the World scandal

Lawyers are gearing up for potential changes to invasion of privacy compensation in the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal. Discussions on compensation have come after The Guardian reported that Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, was paid £700,000 in a settlement after his phone was tapped. The sum is […]

Cadwalader to reduce City office space by up to half

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has signalled its intent to permanently downsize its London operations by finalising an office move that will see it reduce its space in the City by almost half. The US firm, which ­currently occupies roughly 35,000sq ft at 265 Strand, is making a final decision between three possible new locations with floor spaces of […]

Postcard from… Casablanca

For thousands of people around the world, Casablanca is more a movie than a town. When the low-cost 1942 production was given almost by chance the euphonic name of a North African city, probably no one at Warner Bros imagined that both the film and the city were going to walk into legend. It was […]

2Birds’ expansion comes good with 30 per cent revenue hike

Bird & Bird has announced a 29.7 per cent increase in gross revenue for the 2008-09 financial year. Total turnover at the ­technology and IP-focused firm grew to £186.3m from £143.7m for the previous year. The firm said that 9 per cent of the increase in ­revenue could be put down to the considerable expansion it has undergone recently. Over the past year the […]

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