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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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Swedish firm drops Cameron McKenna to join Ernst & Young

The merger between CMS Tisell and Ernst & Young Sweden AB will result in a 160-lawyer practice – one of the biggest legal practices in Sweden. Thirteen partners and around 20 staff will join E&Y from 1 January 2000. Its principal offices will be in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmoe, Vaxjo, Karlstad and Uppsala. In line with […]

Thompsons opts for corporate structure

Personal injury firm Thompsons has defied years of legal tradition by becoming the first major law firm to structure itself as a plc. After the changes partners will no longer have the power to vote on major decisions. Thompsons has appointed a three-member executive board and is currently electing a supervisory board which will ensure […]

BT shake-up forces redundancies

British Telecom’s (BT) in-house team is facing possible redundancies as part of the business-wide restructuring announced earlier this month. The 250-strong central legal group will be split into a series of different departments, based on lines of business as opposed to legal specialities. The majority of the staff will have to reapply for their jobs […]

The Lawyer Awards

The Lawyer/UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer Award has been won by Thea Henley, director of the National Youth Advocacy Service. The service provides independent and confidential services in the form of information and advice and handles more than 1,500 cases a year.,

DLA scoops NTL patent case

DLA has been appointed to act on a forthcoming patent litigation case by telecoms giant NTL. The case is at a sensitive stage so NTL was unable to disclose details. It is the first time that NTL has instructed the firm to work on a major piece of patent litigation, although DLA has done a […]

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