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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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Baker Botts sets sights on Rio opening

US firm Baker Botts has become the latest international law firm to confirm its plans to open an office in Rio de Janeiro. The firm is due to open an office in Brazil’s second-largest city, marking the firm’s first foray into Latin America and its ninth international office overall. While the exact date of the […]

Trio of firms to lead on BP’s proposed sale of TNK-BP stake to Rosneft

In BP’s proposed $27bn (£16.8bn) sale of its stake in TNK-BP to Russian state oil company Rosneft both sides have turned to their regular advisers for advice. Linklaters, BP’s long-standing adviser, is acting as lead counsel to the British oil company. Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, which recently represented Rosneft in the Court of Appeal, […]

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Slaughters eyes tighter African firm links in sub-Saharan push

Slaughter and May has moved to strengthen its sub-Saharan African law firm relationships by hosting a conference for 27 firms from 16 countries across the continent. The City outfit put on a two-day symposium in conjunction with its European best friends to share legal and commercial expertise between 16 and 18 October near Botswanan capital […]

James Abrahams

Judgment Call: 22nd October 2012

Costs of more than £50,000 could not be awarded in the Patents County Court pursuant to CPR r.45.42(1). Where a patentee had brought an unsuccessful claim for patent infringement against two companies, that constituted a single claim for the purposes of CPR r.45.42(1) and consequently the companies were limited to recovering £50,000 in costs. Intellectual […]

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Leigh Day seals Supreme Court success in Birmingham equal pay case

Leigh Day & Co has secured a landmark ruling on equal pay claims after the Supreme Court threw out an appeal by Birmingham City Council. Outer Temple barristers Andrew Short QC and Naomi Ling were instructed by partner Chris Benson on behalf of 174 former employees of Birmingham City Council (12 April 2012). The group […]

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