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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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Hammonds’ lock-in blamed for poor year

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The big four’s magic realism

Five years ago the magic circle was having a terrible time. All the running was being made by highly profitable, London-focused silver circle firms. Clifford Chance and Linklaters were indulging in internal culling; Freshfields was dithering and Allen & Overy (A&O) was, frankly, going off the boil. How things have changed. But which of the […]

Simmons & Simmons: on the up

So Simmons & Simmons has put its profitability woes firmly to bed. Top of the PEPs Revenue PEP Table So Simmons & Simmons has put its profitability woes firmly to bed. As revealed by TheLawyer.com (26 June 2008), the firm has boosted its average profit per equity partner (PEP) by 22 per cent to £647,000, […]

Bash of the titans

Two events in the summer calendar that the bigwigs of the legal profession often want to attend – The Lawyer Awards aside, of course – are the parties of the Bar Council and the Law Society. But this year the two representative bodies were left fighting for guests after they failed to check with each […]

White & Case rebuilds with Wall appointment

White & Case rebuilds with Wall appointment” />White & Case has appointed former chairman Duane Wall as head of the firm’s global bank advisory practice. The move is a response to the loss of prominent financial services regulatory partner and former head, Kevin Barnard, who left to join Arnold & Porter with fellow partner Alan […]

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