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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 Lawyer European Awards Shortlist

The inaugural The Lawyer European Awards ceremony is fast approaching and we can now reveal the firms and partners that have made the shortlist. Chris Carroll The response to the awards has been fantastic – nearly 100 entries from 25 countries have been submitted by law firms in markets that range from the well-established in […]

Linklaters hires Herbies litigation star Christa Band

Linklaters has hired litigation star Christa Band from Herbert Smith. Band, who played a pivotal role in the litigation arising out of Vodafone’s bid for  Mannesmann in 2000, joins Linklaters as a partner under London head of litigation Michael Bennett. She will start work at the magic circle firm in December and has now left […]

Taylor Wessing promotes 17 to the partnership

Taylor Wessing has defied the economic slump by promoting 17 associates to its partnership, as many as Clifford Chance. The promotions round was slightly smaller than the bumper 2008 crop of 19 new partners, but was more generous than in 2007, when 11 where made up. Of the new partners, just three were in the […]

Class inaction

The government’s response to collective redress has left reformers frustrated, says John Meltzer and Dan Armstrong In 2008, the Civil Justice Council (CJC) claimed to have uncovered “overwhelming evidence” that the lack of an effective collective redress mechanism in England and Wales meant that legitimate grievances were left unresolved. Last December, the CJC formally recommended […]

Anheuser-Busch shuns Lovells in panel review

Lovells has lost out on a place on global drinks company Anheuser-Busch InBev’s legal panel due to its role advising rival SAB Miller. Clifford Chance, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Linklaters, Howrey, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom and Sullivan & Cromwell have all picked up roles on the global roster, with each specialising in specific areas. […]

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