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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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Dibbs develops one-stop shop to advise e-commerce clients

Dibb Lupton Alsop is launching a one-stop shop for e-commerce clients to help them develop their businesses online. The service – dubbed dla.net – is being backed by lawyers from across the firm, including teams from IT and telecommunications, corporate tax and venture capital. In addition to helping entrepreneurs advance their dot com ideas, it […]

Quote of the week

“We were going to put him out of the window sitting on the ledge but we allowed him to take the elevator instead.” – A Mannesman source commenting on how the £64bn offer from Chris Gent, chief executive at Vodafone, was received.

Shearmans raids A&O as part of London expansion drive

US firm Shearman & Sterling has poached an Allen & Overy partner as part of a drive to expand its London office. Marke Raines is joining Shearmans to set up a UK securitisation practice. He is thought to be the first A&O partner to be lured to a top-level New York firm. Leading banking partner […]

Francies wins place on Weil Gotshal committee

Weil Gotshal & Manges has elected Mike Francies to its management committee, after the shock departure of Maurice Allen. The appointment to the 13-member committee will cement Francies’ position as head of the firm’s London office, a role he previously shared with office founder Allen who quit the firm on 28 January (The Lawyer, 31 […]

SJ Berwin sparks salary war

SJ Berwin will spark a wages war among City firms by boosting its assistants’ salaries by as much as 25 per cent. Sources say the firm is likely to raise its rates to around £45,000 for newly-qualified assistants. Senior partner David Harrell says the new rates have not yet been set, but that the move […]

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