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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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Divorce maintenance payments remain a somewhat cloudy issue, with recent rulings struggling to clarify the law, says Andrew Breakwell Family lawyers were eagerly anticipating the House of Lords’ decisions in Miller v Miller and McFarlane v McFarlane. The profession had hoped for clarification to a number of areas, in particular on how maintenance should be […]

New Viacom CEO strengthens bond with Shearman

The former general counsel of Viacom has been appointed its new CEO yesterday after leaving in 2000 to set up a private equity fund. Philippe Dauman, who was a partner at Shearman & Sterling before going in-house at Viacom, took up the top job after Tom Freston announced his resignation. Shearman will hope Dauman’s appointment […]

The poach approach

You can measure success in many ways, but for Pinsent Masons managing partner David Ryan there is a sure sign that his firm has turned the corner. Yes, Ryan jokes that the firm is becoming more successful because DLA Piper has apparently started trying to poach his partners. According to Ryan, “they never used to […]

Davenport Lyons, Memery Crystal in Boateng face-off

The Court of Appeal will hear a licensing dispute between fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and brand owner Marchpole Holdings in November, boosting the IP teams at Davenport Lyons and Memery Crystal advising on the long-running battle. Boateng licensed his name to Marchpole, who wanted to use his reputation to market a line of casual clothing […]

Naming rights

The DCA is treading a fine line with its review of the issue of anonymity in family court cases. By Lisa Fabian Lustigman and Claire Blakemore There is mixed access to the family courts in England and Wales. The public and the media have been afforded access to family proceedings at the outer layers of […]

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