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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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Shearman counts cost to Europe of King’s abdication

Several months before Shearman & Sterling corporate star Peter King quit for Weil Gotshal & Manges (The Lawyer, 7 July), a former Shearman London ­partner told The Lawyer: “If you look at US firms that are really strong in ­London, it tends to be the ones who have a good stream of corporate work from […]

DLA Düsseldorf takes White & Case team

DLA Piper’s Cologne office has poached a corporate team of two partners and three associates from White & Case in Düsseldorf. Former White & Case partner Andreas Meyer-Landrut and local partner Kerstin Schnabel will start as equity partners at DLA, joined by three associates. Meyer-Landrut told German magazine Juve: “We are looking forward to the […]

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Travers PEP suffers as downturn hits year end

Travers Smith has seen a drop in average profit per equity partner (PEP) as the corporate-heavy firm becomes the latest to suffer the effects of the credit crunch. In financial results announced today, Travers achieved a slight increase in turnover, which rose from £78.5m to £81m, but saw PEP fall by 7.6 per cent from […]

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Lawyers warn kids off career in law

Nearly one in three lawyers would discourage their children from becoming lawyers when they grow up, a survey has revealed. The research, conducted by HR consultantancy Hudson UK, shows that 30 per cent of legal professionals are so dissatisfied with their current role that they would not want to see their children in their job. […]

DLA installs new North West heads of corporate

DLA Piper has revamped its corporate practice in the North West by appointing new heads of corporate in Manchester and Liverpool. Jonathan Watkins takes up the newly created Manchester role, while David Cadwallader becomes head of corporate in Liverpool. Watkins said the move was designed to focus on the separate business opportunities in the two […]

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