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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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Wessing blames Von Meibom for tensions

Troubled German law firm Wessing has blamed its current strife on departing former chief executive Wolfgang von Meibom. A fiercely critical statement was issued following the announcement that von Meibom will join Andersen Legal’s German arm Andersen Luther in Düsseldorf as chief executive. Senior intellectual property (IP) partner Klaus-Jürgen Michaeli and fellow IP partner Maximiliane […]

Wragges increases profits by forty five per cent on last year

Osborne Clarke has reported a 40 per cent growth in turnover, pushing its figure from £35m in 1999/2000 to £50m for the last financial year. Osborne Clarke saw its most dramatic growth in the Thames Valley – its smallest office with seven partners – which showed an 88 per cent increase in turnover to £5m. […]

Leap of faith

One of the most contentious questions facing brand owners as they pour increasing millions into advertising and marketing is how to evaluate the return on each pound spent. As Lord Leverhulme once famously commented: “I know that half my advertising budget is wasted, I just don’t know which half.” When selling baked beans or packets […]

Revenge is a sweet little girl

Revenge has come in the form of a rather delightful little figurine for Stephenson Harwood insolvency litigation partner Paul Gordon-Saker. Gordon-Saker bid £505 in an auction held by The Independent for a model of a little girl sitting on a bench (left). Now some of you may be wondering why, especially given that the figurine […]

Family values tempt Lord Alexander to new home

Lord Alexander of Weedon QC has snubbed his former set Brick Court Chambers to join his son at 3-4 South Square. Alexander, who won fame through the Spycatcher and Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) cases, and who two years ago completed his chairmanship of NatWest, wil become joint head with Michael Crystal QC. He says he […]

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