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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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Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman commit to merger

Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman last week finally confirmed their intention to merge. Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman last week finally confirmed their intention to merge. As first revealed on www.thelawyer.com (10 February), the two firms have signed a letter of intent to merge. When the deal is completed, the combined firm will have around 900 lawyers, spread over […]

Sharing the burden

The Art of delegation is central to productivity, client care and team building, says Charles Boyle Are you working too many hours? Having problems meeting deadlines? Too much to do and too little time? Then perhaps you need to delegate more of your work. Good delegation leads to a more efficient and profitable use of […]

Reynolds Porter turns down place on NHSLA legal panel

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain last week turned its back on the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) after seven years as a panel member. The NHSLA recently concluded a review of its 13-adviser panel, retaining all the firms, including Reynolds Porter. However, following discussions within the firm, Reynolds Porter declined the offer of a place. Chief executive Adrian Martin said the decision […]

Grapevine

Will Wilmer Cutler end up showing Hale the door?Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr’s first end-of-year financials will give all partners cause for cheer. The firm’s turnover for 2004 was $750m (£402.1m). That figure is up a respectable 14 per cent on a combined 2003 total of Wilmer Cutler & Pickering’s $334m (£179.2m) and Hale […]

Thorn brings in MBR&M to prove illegitimacy of UK tax

Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw’s (MBR&M) tiny London tax litigation team has scooped a role in the mammoth Loss Relief Group Litigation challenging UK tax laws. Partner Peter Steiner is representing Thorn (formerly Thorn EMI), which joined the register of multi-national companies alleging that corporation tax legislation in the UK is in breach of European […]

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