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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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Freshfields stands down as appeal hearing pends

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is expected to be granted leave to appeal this afternoon (3 June) against the injunction brought against the firm yesterday by Marks & Spencer’s lawyers Slaughter and May. A hearing has been scheduled at 2.00pm today where the firm’s application to appeal will be heard. It is then expected Freshfields’ appeal will […]

Bird & Bird PPP hints

Bird & Bird has made it third time lucky with its first average profits per partner rise in three years. Average profits at the expansionist firm this year halted their downward trajectory and showed an increase of 4 per cent, from £317,000 to £327,000. This is still some way off the firm’s 2001 peak of […]

Former Nomura general counsel lands at The Varkey Group

Nomura International’s former European general counsel has resurfaced at Dubai-based private education company The Varkey Group. David Mee, who left the Japanese investment bank in early 2003, will join the company as group general counsel in July. Mee quit Nomura after ten years following a shake-up of the bank’s legal department, resulting in the transactional […]

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Abney Garsden McDonald

Heading the largest department of the specialist child abuse compensation law firm in the UK can take its toll. “The nature of the work can be very upsetting,” admits Peter Garsden, managing partner of Abney Garsden McDonald. And he should know. Garsden and his firm have a national reputation for expertise in a sector where […]

Growth spurt

Herbert Smith has long been one of the leading firms in its approach to learning and development. John Lucy provides the lowdown The past four years have seen significant changes in the way Herbert Smith approaches learning and development (L&D). In addition to forging good working relationships with well-respected educational establishments (Harvard, London and Said […]

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