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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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The final act

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Weightmans swoop sinks marine capability of DLA Piper Liverpool

Weightmans has sailed off with two lawyers from DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary, ending the firm’s marine law capability in Liverpool. Associates Mike Burns and Terry Donaghy have joined Weightmans as partners in its Liverpool office. They act for the shipping industry as well as the nascent luxury yachts market. DLA Piper Liverpool managing partner […]

International report

Icelandic firm Logos has set its sights firmly on the London market. As first reported by The Lawyer (13 March), the firm has followed Icelandic companies to the UK in the hope of benefiting from this increased investment. Gudmundur Oddsson, the partner heading the London operation, tells The Lawyer: “Icelandic investment in the UK has been growing […]

Freshfields, Simmons beef up newly qualified pay

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Simmons & Simmons have become the latest firms to announce significant pay rises for their associates. Both firms have increased newly qualified salaries to £55,000 to match the amount paid by Linklaters, which raised its salaries with effect from 1 May. Freshfields has also increased the salaries of second-year associates by […]

Government approves new conflict rules

The government has finally approved the Law Society’s new conflicts of interest rules, nearly a year after they were drafted. The rules, clarifying what solicitors must do in cases of conflicts of interest and with regard to confidentiality and disclosure, prompted a barrage of criticism when they were published in June 2005. The proposals were […]

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