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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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Thorpe LJ slates counsel in civil partnership settlement appeal

The Court of Appeal (CoA) has overturned a first instance decision to award an actor £1.7m following the break-up of his civil partnership to a City analyst. The ruling is believed to be the first reported civil partnership case. The CoA reduced the award to actor Donald Gallagher by £320,000. JPMorgan Asset Management analyst Peter […]

CC to plug funds practice gap

Magic circle firm aims to boost partner count as associate ranks thin Sometimes it is not just about the partners. Clifford Chance’s investment funds practice has had a torrid year, with four partners – one a tax lawyer – quitting for Weil Gotshal & Manges last summer. Six funds associates and a tax associate then […]

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Blackstone silk seals small victory for Tesco ahead of CAT hearing

Blackstone Chambers’ Dinah Rose QC has helped Tesco rebut an OFT request for cheese-pricing information in the build up to a major appeal. Next month sees Tesco appear before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) to appeal a £10m fine issued last July by the OFT for the supermarket giant’s role in fixing the price of […]

All go, for Collyer Bristow

’There’s no such thing as bad publicity’ might be the mantra inside Collyer Bristow towers this morning after another busy week at the firm. It hit the headlines on Monday by knocking off the winning runs in the first-ever Twitter libel case on behalf of cricketer Chris Cairns. Partner Rhory Robertson was even interviewed on […]

Job Watch: Telecommunications

With the ongoing rise of the mobile telecoms market, this fast-paced sector is an exciting place to work right now. But are there many opportunities for lawyers? Absolutely, says Rachael North, a director at Laurence Simons. “Due to the explosion of smart phones and other connected devices on networks, which represent a major new potential […]

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