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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 […]

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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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Exclusive: Dundas targets London merger after run of City exits

Dundas & Wilson is pushing to secure a London merger following a string of exits in the City and failed talks with Bircham Dyson Bell in 2011. Co-managing partner Allan Wernham has scotched speculation that the firm is shifting away from its focus on the capital, with this month’s ten promotions all coming in its […]

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Travers promotes three in cut down partnership round

Travers Smith has made up three associates to partner, in a promotions round less than half the size of last year’s. The firm has promoted litigator Jan-Jaap Baer, funds specialist Jeremy Elmore and banking and corporate recovery lawyer Danny Peel to its partnership. Last year Travers promoted eight associates to partner (16 May 2012). In […]

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Eversheds real estate team of six heads to Shakespeares

Birmingham-headquartered Shakespeares has added a six-lawyer team from Eversheds, led by real estate partner Brendan Walsh. It comes as the firm prepares to convert to an ABS after receiving regulatory approval for a licence from the SRA. The Eversheds team, which consists of five lawyers and one partner, will join in coming months following Walsh […]

SJ Bye Bye

The shock news that the name SJ Berwin might be about to disappear from the world is today’s number one legal market water-cooler topic. As we exclusively report today, the firm is gearing up for a vote on a global merger with Asia-Pacific firm King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) that would see the UK outfit’s […]

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