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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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Stewarts Law snags fourth Manches partner

Stewarts Law has made its fourth lateral partner hire from Manches in the last 15 months, after the capture of commercial litigation partner Keith Thomas. He follows fellow litigators Clive Zietman and Andrew Shaw, and family partner Debbie Chism, who have all left the West End firm to join Stewarts. Thomas said: “This is an […]

Kirkland raids Ashurst for private equity partner duo

Ashurst has lost two corporate partners to the City office of US firm Kirkland & Ellis. The Lawyer understands that Gavin Gordon and David Arnold have been placed on gardening leave and that their start date at Kirkland is yet to be finalised. There have been a number of departures from Ashurst’s corporate practice this […]

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Irwin Mitchell promotes two non-lawyers in partner round

Irwin Mitchell has made up two non-lawyers to partnership status in this year’s round of partner promotions, marking the firm’s move to become a legal disciplinary practice (LDP). Finance director Mark Dakin and costs manager Steven Green have become the first two non-lawyers to be promoted to the equity in a development made possible by […]

A slice of American pie

A decade and a half after US firms started taking the London market seriously and opening in the City, a wave of transatlantic mergers no longer seems outlandish. Dentons’ deal with Sonnenschein – revealed on TheLawyer.com last week (26 May) – has a slightly different motivation from that of Hogan Lovells, but both have capitalised […]

2Birds targets Middle East with Abu Dhabi launch

Bird & Bird is to open an office in Abu Dhabi – its first base in the Middle East region. The firm hopes to be licensed by the end of the summer and will begin by targeting the TMT, healthcare and life sciences, aviation and aerospace, clean technology and energy sectors. The office will be […]

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