Morgan Lewis completes NY merger with Hopgood

US firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius has ramped up its patent litigation capability by merging with New York firm Hopgood Calimafde Judlowe & Mondolino.

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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 […]

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BT has increased its reliance on national firms by adding Pinsent Curtis Biddle to its club of regular legal advisers. The telecoms giant does not operate a formal panel, but the group of firms it instructs regularly includes Linklaters, Ashurst Morris Crisp and Birmingham-based Wragge & Co.Leeds head of property at Pinsents Adrian Barlow is […]

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