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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 Leader Column

A couple of weeks back (11 February) we reported on the news that Slaughter and May was taking an active role in the Government-sponsored report into women’s employment. Along with Simmons & Simmons, Slaughters is one of the few firms to go public on the issue of the gender gap at partner level.Very laudable, but […]

Milberg accused of greasing palms

Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach, the firm that The Lawyer last week revealed had been selected to lead the claims against Enron and Arthur Andersen, is the subject of a federal investigation Federal and Pennsylvania authorities are assessing whether Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel was paid consulting fees from the US firm in exchange […]

Japan set to penalise firms with foreign joint ventures

The Japan Federation of Bar Associations has passed a protectionist measure designed to penalise Japanese firms in joint ventures with foreign lawyers The move comes on the back of a flurry of joint ventures with foreign law firms.In the face of protests from the Law Society of England and Wales, the Japanese legal body has […]

Prisoners of law?

Louise Christian is not a woman to be taken lightly, evidenced by her latest test – demanding that the Government interjects in the Guantanamo situation Louise Christian is enjoying the lull both after and before the storm. The day before we met, she had laid down the gauntlet to the Government over the treatment of […]

Weightmans in hiring spree for practice areas drive

Weightmans has taken on construction and engineering partner Andrew Davies from DLA and barrister Jason Searle from Bullivant Jones Eight other lawyers have switched to Weightmans as the firm pushes key practice areas. Davies spent 10 years at DLA and moves from the Liverpool office, situated above Weightmans in the same building. He said: “Weightmans’ […]

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