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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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Holman Fenwick in management shake-up

For the first time, Holman Fenwick & Willan has appointed a managing partner, while senior partner Robert Wilson has been replaced by Roderick O’Sullivan. As revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, his coincides with a grass roots reorganisation of the firm’s departments in an attempt to dispel its image as a shipping practice. Previously, departments were split into […]

Klett Rooney hikes first-year pay

Pittsburgh-based Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling has raised its first-year associate salaries from $105,000 (£66,700) to $110,000 (£69,900) in its Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Newark and New Jersey offices. Partner William Schorling said that the move follows a decision by several Delaware-based firms to raise their first year salaries to $110,000 in their Wilmington, Delaware office. In […]

Pinsents partner defects to Lee Crowder

Pinsent Curtis Biddle’s Birmingham office has lost another property partner to Lee Crowder. Eleanor Deady is due to join the Birmingham-based firm in June. Last month, Pinsents lost property partner Jon Austin who resigned to join Lee Crowder as its new property department head. First revealed on www.thelawyer.com/lawyernews, 15 April

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Fee fighter

Structadene boss David Pearl hates paying lawyer’s fees. Emma Vere-Jones reports David Pearl, chief executive of private property company Structadene, is not all that keen on lawyers. Well, not so much the lawyers them-selves, more their fees… as well as the fact that lawyers tend to make things complicated. Pearl starts the interview with a […]

Addleshaws faces rent bill as partners vote to merge

Addleshaw Booth & Co will lose £1.5m in rent fulfilling the lease on its London office after moving in with its City merger partner Theodore Goddard. The merged firm, Addleshaw Goddard, will keep around 100 staff at Addleshaws’ London base for the next two years, but the lease on the building does not run out […]

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