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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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Wilberforce names Martin as new head

Wilberforce Chambers has promoted John Martin QC to head of chambers ­following the retirement of Jules Sher QC. Sher was elected as head in 2006, taking over from Edward Nugee QC, who had led the set for more than 30 years, with Martin voted in as his deputy. Martin will now move into the top […]

A Supreme first year?

The end of the legal year is fast approaching and with it the end of the first year of the Supreme Court. Ahead of its opening there were many who were sceptical about whether the House of Lords needed replacing. According to critics the concept of the Supreme Court was drawn up on the back […]

Man Utd reappoints Pinsents as part of panel review

Manchester United FC is in the process of reviewing its five-strong legal panel, with Pinsent Masons already reappointed. The club brought in its first panel in 2008, appointing five firms for a two-year period. Further announcements on other appointments are expected in the coming weeks. Other firms on the original panel include Brabners Chaffe Street, which has a […]

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Focus: The silver circle: The silver service

It’s been five years since The Lawyer originated the term ’silver circle’ as a catch-all for the UK’s domestic second tier. Matt Byrne takes a look at how these firms have fared since then  Five years ago The Lawyer coined the term ’silver circle’. We used it to describe a group of firms inhabiting, […]

Fifty ways to lose your Glover

Finally, some good news for SJ Berwin: its main competitor for funds work, Clifford Chance, is this morning working out how to deal with the departure of star partner Jason Glover (see story) Glover, who is easily the best-known funds lawyer in the London market, has resigned to join Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s UK operation […]

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