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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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Herbert Smith creates nine partners

Herbert Smith has invited nine lawyers to join the partnership from 1 April, with the bulk of the promotions taking place in London. Lawyers promoted to partner include Kevin Roy, Thiha Tun, John Geraghty (left) and James Milne in the corporate team. The firm has not made up any dispute resolution partners in London, instead […]

Mickey Mouse merger

Who can blame the humble Dibb Lupton partnership for being a little starstruck? Since the 1 January merger, you can’t move at DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary for all the US governors, peacemakers and politicians pacing the corridors – and new senior partner Senator George Mitchell is a scary case in point. But it takes […]

Mayer Brown targets competition with Dentons hire

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw is ramping up its London-based EU and competition practice after poaching partner Gillian Sproul from Denton Wilde Sapte. The hire doubles Mayer Brown’s competition group in London, led by former Watson Farley & Williams partner, Frances Murphy. “We are aggressively expanding our group to meet the level of client activity […]

Three LLPs release first accounts

Three firms have unveiled their first LLP accounts for the end of the 2004 financial year. Freethcartwright reported revenues of £18.3m for the nine months from July 2003 to March 2004. Chief executive Peter Smith said the firm adopted a one-off adjustment to accounting standard FRS5 last year, which meant that fee income from certain […]

Ex-Norton Rose partner returns to take up new compliance role

Norton Rose has appointed a former partner as its first ever head of compliance. Jonathan Ody, who retired in 2002 after spending 39 years as a partner in Norton Rose’s property department, returns to the partnership to take up the newly created role. As the firm’s global compliance head, Ody will be responsible for making […]

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