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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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Northern Ireland is rebuilding its economy after the strain of many years of war, and law firms which are now cementing relationships with their southern counterparts are reaping the benefits of referral work. Fenella Quinn reports Northern Ireland’s legal scene is certainly not as large as that enjoyed by its southern neighbours, with even the […]

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Interactive-lawyer.com, The Lawyer’s web portal, is the UK’s top legal website according to a new independent survey. Newsletter Legal Technology Insider ranked the site number one with 1.55 million page impressions per month, double its nearest rival. The survey reports that the Interactive-lawyer, has over 53,000 user sessions per month. The site contains daily news […]

Akin Gump loses London chief to Paul Hastings

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld has lost the senior partner of its London office after he refused to relocate back to the US. Top corporate M&A partner Keith Hughes has turned his back on the firm and is moving to the fledgling London operation of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Akin Gump […]

White & Case leads fresh assault on German market

White & Case partners have voted overwhelmingly in favour of merging with German firm Feddersen Laule Ewerwahn Scherzberg Finkelnburg Clemm – marking the first major assault on the German market by a US firm since Shearman & Sterling moved in in the early 1990s. As a result of the move, White & Case will rank […]

A haven of prosperity

Firms in the Republic are mopping up huge amounts of work on the back of a booming economy and a major trend towards privatisation – so much so that there aren’t enough lawyers to meet the demand. Fenella Quinn reports. The overwhelming message still emerging from the Republic of Ireland is that business is booming, […]

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