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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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Singapore grants firms equity option

The Singapore Law Society has given firms the formal go-ahead to accept equity in lieu of fees for the first time. The move will be particularly relevant to those acting for dotcom start-ups. The practice has already been adopted in the UK by a range of firms including Simmons & Simmons and Pinsent Curtis. It […]

Macfarlanes smashes magic circle pay scale

Macfarlanes has upped the ante in the assistant salary war by raising its rates above magic circle levels. Following the firm’s annual pay review this month, assistants with between 12 and 18 months post-qualification experience can expect to receive £50,000 a year. It is understood that newly qualifieds will get 8-10 per cent less than […]

Clyde & Co absorbs Turner & Co

The London-based firm’s two partners – Paul Turner and Roger Spencer – will join Clyde & Co as equity partners in an enlarged commodities group with all their staff. Turner & Co, set up by Turner and Spencer 15 years ago, is particularly prominent in the soft commodities sector, acting for international trading houses, especially […]

Conflicts rules under fire by City Law Society

A wholesale shake-up of the rules governing conflicts of interest is about to take place, The Lawyer can reveal. The City of London Law Society working party will today publish a paper which calls for the conflicts rules in England and Wales to be brought in line with the more liberal rules on the Continent. […]

UBS Warburg’s global general counsel quits

UBS Warburg Dillon Read is losing its global general counsel as he considers returning to private practice. Mark Harding is leaving the investment banking subsidiary of UBS after four years and will be replaced by Warburg Dillon Read’s current general counsel for the US, Bob Dinerstein. Harding joined UBS in 1996 from Clifford Chance where […]

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