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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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Matrix grows to 60-barrister outfit

Matrix Chambers has passed the 60-barrister mark with the hire of four new members as the former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald QC returns to the set. The new members include Farrer & Co competition ­specialist Christopher Brown and Furnival Chambers’ Mark Summers, who practises in serious crime, anti-terrorism and extradition. The trio […]

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Practice management special report: Partners’ right to work

The dissolution of a partnership may have unforeseen insurance consequences that could prevent a partner from being able to work, says Andrew Cromby. If you are considering a merger, takeover or dissolution of your partnership you may find it necessary to focus, for the first time in your career, on the rules that govern who […]

Irwin Mitchell elects PI head as new chief

Irwin Mitchell personal injury (PI) head John Pickering has been elected unopposed to the post of managing partner. ­Pickering will replace the incumbent Howard Culley, who is expected to relinquish his role at the end of April 2009. Irwin Mitchell senior partner Michael Napier said continuity of strong management and leadership were crucial for the […]

Trio takes on £1bn Lucite acquisition

Hammonds, Macfarlanes and Paul Weiss have lined up on a rare £1bn M&A deal as ­Mitsubishi Rayon swoops on UK chemicals company Lucite. Hammonds corporate partners James McKay and Mark Robson acted for the seller, private equity company Charterhouse. Paul Weiss acted for existing client Mitsubishi Rayon and drafted in Macfarlanes in the UK. Paul […]

Squire Sanders announces 30 US job cuts

Squire Sanders announces 30 US job cuts” />Squire Sanders & Dempsey has become the latest US firm to shed staff, announcing a total of 30 associate and support staff layoffs today. In a firm-wide statement, first published on US blog abovethelaw.com, the firm said it was making the layoffs after completing its annual employment reviews. […]

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