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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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SJ Berwin hands senior partner mandate to competition head Kon

SJ Berwin EU and competition head Stephen Kon has won the race to be the firm’s next senior partner, defeating litigation partner Hilton Mervis in a two-man contest. Kon will take over on 1 May, replacing Jonathan Blake after the funds partner spent two three-year terms in the role. Blake decided last month not to […]

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Macfarlanes has made an addition to its corporate practice with the hire of Addleshaw Goddard partner James Dawson. Dawson has resigned and is set to join Macfarlanes in the coming months, filling a gap left by the departure of corporate partner Garrett Hayes to Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker last year (16 June 2011). Dawson […]

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Former Fulbright lawyer jailed for 16 months over expenses fraud

A former Fulbright & Jaworski partner and his office manager wife have been handed 16 month jail terms after pleading guilty to false accounting and fraud. Graham Simkin and his wife Zakia Sharif, who both worked at the US firm’s London base, admitted falsely claiming for vacations, dinners and cosmetic treatments as business expenses and […]

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It’s time to make the honorary QC system more transparent or rethink the whole idea  Even the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has not quite got the hang of who or what an honorary silk is. When The Lawyer requested a full list of honorary QC appointments made between 2000 and 2011 the MoJ embarrassingly […]

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