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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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The genius loci of law firms

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Hogan Lovells posts 73 per cent retention rate

Hogan Lovells is to keep on 73 per cent of its autumn qualifiers, representing a slightly higher retention rate than at the same point last year. The firm is keeping on 24 out of its 33 final seat trainee solicitors, a slight increase from autumn 2010, when it kept on 68 per cent of qualifiers, […]

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Harbottle forbidden from responding to News International’s put-down

Harbottle & Lewis has asked News International to release it from its duty of client confidentiality to allow it to respond to points made by Rupert and James Murdoch in yesterday’s riveting Parliamentary hearing on the phone hacking scandal. The media firm has come out fighting in the latest twist of the rapidly moving saga. […]

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Egorov and Magisters merge to create CIS giant

One of Russia’s largest law firms, Egorov Puginsky Afanasiev & Partners, is set to merge with Ukraine outlier Magisters. The two firms signed the merger agreement today, following months of discussions. The deal will go live at the end of the year. The tie-up will create a €115m-turnover firm, with more than 300 lawyers, including […]

DLA Piper starts to rebuild Brisbane with Dibbs Barker hires

DLA Piper has begun rebuilding its Brisbane office, taking two partners and their legal support teams from Australian firm Dibbs Barker. Jim Holding and David Richardson, both partners at Dibbs Barker, will join DLA’s Brisbane office in its corporate and IP and technology departments, respectively. The partners will bring with them legal support teams, containing […]

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