Litigation Special Report: Caught cold

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Latest Briefings

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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Litigation: All together now

Efforts to get EU member states to adopt a unified approach to certain areas of law is a tricky business. Kevin Roberts and Alan Owens look at two reports aiming to unify a European-wide strategy. Pharmaceutical competition It took approximately 10 months and 6,000 submissions, but on 28 November 2008 the European Commission published its […]

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Linklaters: 270 London jobs to go

Linklaters has confirmed that between 100 and 120 of its City lawyers will lose their jobs, while 130 to 150 members of business services staff will also be affected. Linklaters: 270 London jobs to go” />Magic circle firm Linklaters has confirmed that between 100 and 120 of its City lawyers will lose their jobs as […]

Clarification

On page 3 of last week’s issue of The Lawyer we published a story about US law firm Debevoise & Plimpton suing solicitor Joan Leopold. Recruitment consultancy Taylor Root has asked us to point out that it was not involved in a confidential ­investigation Leopold was carrying out for the firm. The recruiter was only […]

City’s top firms mop up the banking mess

When it comes to the UK’s banking crisis, if you are not part of the City’s elite it is unlikely that you will win a key role. Slaughter and May has long established itself as the Government’s adviser of choice – if there is even a sniff of a banking problem, the Treasury will be […]

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Freshfields, DLA scotch Indian wedding rumours

Rumours of tie-ups between UK and Indian firms have abounded since ­Clifford Chance sealed a best friends relationship with top Indian firm AZB & Partners (TheLawyer.com, 14 ­January). The firm that is currently attracting the most attention for its lack of an Indian best friend is Freshfields ­Bruckhaus Deringer, the only magic circle firm not […]

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