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All fair in love, war and commerce

By Jonathan Haydn-Williams The traditional position under the contract law of England and Wales (which I shall, with no disrespect to Wales, refer to as ‘English’ law) has been that, save for contracts giving rise to a fiduciary relationship (eg a contract between agent and principal), a duty of good faith in the performance of […]

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 […]

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Cadwalader trio snubs offer to stay

The New York management of Cadwalader ­Wickersham & Taft has failed in an attempt to buy back three of the seven ­London partners who left for Paul Hastings. The New York management ;of ;Cadwalader ­Wickersham & Taft has failed in an attempt to buy back three of the seven ­London partners who left for Paul Hastings. Cadwalader […]

Paul Weiss: revenue and PEP up

Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison has announced revenue growth of 6.3 per cent for the 2008 financial year. The US firm posted revenues totalling $692m for 2008, up from $652m in the 2007 financial year. Average profit per equity partner (PEP) increased by 2.3 per cent, up from $2.6m in 2007 to $2.7m last […]

O’Connors

A witty website, including personal anecdotes from the team, aims to present O’Connors as a ­professional but entertaining law firm. “We don’t take ourselves too seriously,” laughs managing partner Nigel Wallis. “We work as a team and we always have a team plan as opposed to an individual one.” The Liverpool firm has witnessed steady […]

Banks’ bailout boom keeps the wolf from the door for finance lawyers

Regulatory lawyers waiting in wings as system is deemed ‘deficient’. The banking world may be plunging ever deeper into chaos, but for banking and regulatory lawyers the times have certainly been tougher. After ;the ;Government announced last week that it would insure portfolios of loans, the Financial Services Authority (FSA) mooted tighter regulation to force […]

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Ropes & Gray makes 106 support staff redundant

Boston-headquartered Ropes & Gray has announced that it was laying off 106 of its support staff, the equivalent of around 10 per cent of its non-lawyer personnel across all departments in the firm. In a statement, Ropes chairman Brad Malt said his firm’s clients and marketplace had been “seriously affected” by the continuing global economic […]

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