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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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Lovells keeps MacDonagh with new management role

Former Lovells managing partner Lesley MacDonagh has decided to stay on at the firm in a significant U-turn. MacDonagh, who stood down as managing partner a year early, had agreed a one-year handover with new incumbent David Harris and said she would then leave the partnership. While it is understood that MacDonagh has been offered […]

Orrick wins Heller Ehrman tech team

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has raided West Coast start-up expert Heller Ehrman Venture Law Group to secure a five-partner technology team. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (15 February), John Bautista, David Lee, Mike Morrissey and Glen Van Ligten all join Orrick’s 80-lawyer Silicon Valley office, while Ned Ruffin will be based in Washington DC. They […]

Scoobie Doodle Do

Readers familiar with the Law Society (we’re sure that’s most of you) will be used to the sight of council member Sue Nelson, a hard-working part of that august body. Often on her feet to debate a difficult point at meetings, Nelson is one of the more outspoken members of the Law Society Council, taking […]

Watson Farley goes down LLP route

Watson Farley & Williams has become the latest firm to announce that it is converting to a limited-liability partnership (LLP). The City firm’s decision to convert follows the publication of research by Zurich Professional last month, which showed that 37 per cent of UK firms have ruled out converting to LLP status (www.thelawyer.com, 31 January). […]

McGrigors set for group claim against Customs

McGrigors is gearing up to lead a group action against Customs & Excise on behalf of traders who believe that an opinion delivered in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last week means they are owed damages. Last Wednesday (16 February), the Advocate-General of the ECJ handed down an opinion, ahead of the ECJ’s final […]

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