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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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New figures reveal in-house salaries and bonuses rose in the regions again last year. In-house lawyers in Yorkshire and the North East are those most likely to have seen an increase in their remuneration package last year, including benefits, with 73 per cent of respondents to new research saying they had seen their pay rise. […]

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Leeds: Ridings of the storm

Leeds has taken a harder knock from the slump than its regional peers, with firm headcounts falling behind Manchester. But rejuvenation plans are brewing The Leeds financial and professional services market is, statistically speaking, the largest in the UK outside London. It employs around 9,400 people, according to TheCityUK. But in the past few years, […]

Gateley appoints partner Kate Lloyd to Birmingham pensions team

Gateley has augmented its pensions team in Birmingham by appointing partner Kate Lloyd, who will be welcomed into the team on 11 August 2014. Lloyd joins the firm following 11 years with Squire Sanders and has experience advising both corporate sponsors and trustee boards on a range of pensions law issues. The pensions team will be further strengthened […]

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2013/14 financials: the results are in

Keep up to date with all the latest figures coming in from The Lawyer UK200 with our revenue table for 2013/14. The majority of UK firms to have published revenues for the 2013/14 financial year have seen a return to growth. Outside the magic circle, Mishcon de Reya has produced the highest average profit per […]

Chelvan and Brownhill from No5 Chambers speak at Public Law Project Conference

Two of No5 Chambers’ human rights barristers — S Chelvan and Ian Brownhill — recently spoke at the Public Law Project Conference in Manchester. The Hon Mr Justice Stewart, Queen’s Bench Administrative Court liaison judge for the northern and eastern circuits, opened the event and a number of eminent speakers addressed a packed audience of […]

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