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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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Pillsbury faces management shake-up as Cranston quits

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BPP creates ‘Access to Practice’ scheme

BPP Law School has launched an ‘Access to Practice’ scheme to help students without contacts in the legal profession to secure training contracts. The scheme, which was launched formally last month, will be run through BPP’s careers service in Leeds, London and Manchester. Students have to apply to participate in the scheme, but those who […]

Gianni rocked by four-partner walk-out

Italian independent Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners has suffered the mass resignation of four partners and a team of assoociates. Rome-based partners Andrea Mazziotti di Celso, Fabio Labruna and Antonio Segni and Milan partner Aldo Palumbo quit last night (31 January) following clashes with management over strategy. The equity partners and a team of 20 […]

Lovells underperformers under threat

Lovells has concluded its protracted lockstep review and has given the firm’s partnership council the power to move under-performing partners down its equity ladder. Under the new system, the partnership council will be able to downgrade partners or freeze them on certain points with the agreement of the partners concerned. The resolution giving the partnership […]

Fish & Richardson $30m malpractice award upheld

Silicon Valley-based IP firm Fish & Richardson has had a $30m (£17m) award against the firm reinstated after failing in its attempt to have a legal malpractice case against it reheard.The original case, heard in 2003, concerned a complaint by chemica… Boston-based IP firm Fish & Richardson has had a $30m (£17m) award against the […]

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