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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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KLegal and Olswang set for public bid first

West Coast Capital’s interest in the retail sector could provide KLegal and Olswang – two firms not best known for public M&A – with the legal work on a hostile takeover bid. KLegal’s Scottish firm McGrigor Donald is currently advising West Coast and Scottish venture capitalist Tom Hunter on the acquisition of shares in Allders. […]

Rizor’s edge

As Osborne Clarke moves into a new era, German managing partner Stefan Rizor has become a powerful voice within the firm. Julia Cahill reports Stefan Rizor would perhaps feel more at home on the party pages of Heat or Hello! than in The Lawyer. Osborne Clarke‘s new managing partner for Germany has a penchant for […]

Freshfields, Norton Rose, Lovells finalise Tube PPP

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Lovells and Norton Rose have finally completed most of the London Underground public-private partnership (PPP) work on the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines’ infrastructure. It is one of the most high-profile and complex PPPs to date and the largest to complete in 2002. Lovells acted for the Tube Lines consortium, consisting of […]

E&Y employment head defects to Furley Page

Ernst & Young (E&Y) has lost the head of its employment unit Rory O’Connor to Canterbury firm Furley Page. At E&Y O’Connor advised on expatriate employment structures, severance, redundancy programmes and employee benefits policies. Prior to that he worked at Bird & Bird.

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Oh, to be a fly on the wall at White & Case’s partnership retreat last week. The management proposals – revealed last week by The Lawyer – are intensely ambitious. To recap: White & Case aims to double profits per equity partner by 2005 to $1.3m (£809,000) from $730,000 (£454,500), and not all from de-equitisation, […]

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