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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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Top five UK law firms increase hold on M&A work as recession deepens

Small and mid-size legal teams given short shrift as downturn prompts ‘flight to quality’. UK companies are flocking to the magic circle for corporate advice as the recession bites, according to half-year figures for deal activity. Data from Thomson Reuters shows that the top five firms have tightened their grip on a shrinking M&A market, […]

Telly vision: Gordon Finlayson, Showtime Arabia

He began his career as a journalist and dabbled in the music business, but now Gordon Finlayson has finally found his perfect job – overseeing the legal function at Showtime Arabia. There are several examples of lawyers dabbling in journalism, but you rarely hear of it happening the ;other ;way around. Showtime Arabia legal director […]

Eversheds Leeds hosts LGBT Xmas bash

Law firm lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) ­network the InterLaw Diversity Forum held its first-ever event for LGBT law firm staff in the north of England before ­Christmas. The event was hosted by Eversheds at its office in Bridgewater Place, Leeds. There were some 50 people in ­attendance, ­including representatives of Addleshaw Goddard, Beachcroft, […]

Ashurst ups cash at bank

Ashurst had almost £45m in the bank at the end of the 2007-08 financial year, with the balance increasing by around 40 per cent from the previous year. The figures were revealed in the firm’s first published LLP accounts and, according to Ashurst’s financial director Nigel Morland, reveal a picture of conservative financial management. Morland […]

Second coalminers tribunal gets under way

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) today launched a series of allegations of misconduct against six partners at Barnsley-based Raleys Solicitors in relation to their handling of compensation claims from sick coalminers. The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, which is expected to last 20 days, is thought to be one of the longest hearings of its kind. The […]

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