‘LoveLetter’ virus creates computer havoc in City firms

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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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Davies Arnold Cooper media unit jumps ship for Reynolds

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) is losing its entire media and defamation department as lawyers leave its dwindling common law unit. Keith Mathieson, head of media and defamation, partner Maddie Mogford and assistant Kirsty Watt are all joining Reynolds Porter Chamberlain‘s media and communications department under the leadership of Liz Hartley. Mathieson and Mogford both joined […]

Norton Rose latest firm to boost wages

Norton Rose is hiking its salaries for newly qualified lawyers in line with pay increases at Allen & Overy and Clifford Chance. This comes two weeks after fellow City firm Ashurst Morris Crisp said that it would raise the salaries of its juniors. The trend began earlier this year when SJ Berwin raised assistant salaries, […]

The Great Dotcom Float Race

Oxford and Cambridge have long been centres of academic excellence, but now the intellectual capital passing through these hallowed universities is driving a regional dotcom boom from which law firms can only benefit. Matt Barnard reports. Attracted by the abundant intellectual capital, Cambridge has long been the centre of that part of East Anglia dubbed […]

Scottish firms eye up cross-border business

The planned DLA and Bird Semple merger has prompted me to look back at the economic drivers behind our decision to open a London office. In 1987 McGrigor Donald was one of the first firms to establish a presence in two UK jurisdictions – England and Scotland. The opportunity we had identified was threefold. Firstly, […]

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