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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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Martineau grows profit 48 per cent as strategy pays off

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Latham raids Davis Polk for structured finance hire

Latham & Watkins has raided the New York office of Davis Polk & Wardwell for a structured finance and capital markets partner. Witold Balaban has joined Latham’s New York corporate department as a partner as of today (5 June). Kirk Davenport, global chair of Latham’s corporate finance group, said Balaban’s breadth of experience complemented the […]

Separated at birth

All great teams need a guy with brains to lead the operation. And it seems professional paranormal investigation and elimination agency Ghostbusters and US law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman have both picked the same crazy scientist to come up with the big ideas. By the look of things, Egon (played by actor Harold Ramis in […]

Clydes’ pay hikes track magic circle salary levels

Clyde & Co has posted above average pay rises for its trainees and newly qualified (NQ) solicitors in a bid to keep pace with the magic circle. The top-20 firm has boosted its NQ rate by 6 per cent from £60,000 to £64,000 – just short of the magic circle salary range of £65,500 to […]

Cadwalader names new financial restructuring chief

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has appointed Deryck Palmer as co-chairman of the firm’s financial restructuring department. The firm announced today (10 June) that Palmer, formerly a partner at Weil Gotshal & Manges who joined Cadwalader in 2007, is to join Bruce Zirinsky in managing the 65-member team of lawyers. “Deryck has all of the qualities […]

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