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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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Simmons, Skadden, Clifford Chance brought in on Resolution bid

Simmons & Simmons has landed a key role on a multi-billion-pound financial services deal that has called in a roster of City firms. Simmons is advising new client Royal London Mutual Insurance Society on its agreement with Pearl Group as part of the latter’s approach to rival Resolution. Pearl has turned to longstanding adviser Freshfields […]

Matrix founder Blake joins bench

Matrix Chambers is to lose founding member Nicholas Blake QC to the bench. Matrix Chambers is to lose founding member Nicholas Blake QC to the bench. Blake, who was called to the bar in 1974 and took silk 20 years later, will be taking up his judicial post in the Queen’s Bench Division after being […]

Clifford Chance wins landmark death row reprieve

Clifford Chance has succeeded in its attempt to secure a stay of execution for Jack Alderman, the US’s longest-serving death row prisoner. On Wednesday (17 October), Alderman was moved to the execution building in his Georgia jail. He was being prepared for execution when news of the stay came through at 4pm eastern time yesterday […]

Dewey & LeBoeuf scraps London management

Dewey & LeBoeuf has abandoned the London managing partner role with firmwide chairman Steve Davis to oversee the office’s management concerns. From now on Davis will divide his time between London and New York, spending two weeks a month in each city, with other administrative duties being carried out by non-lawyers. According to Davis the […]

Summit to read

Many lawyers try to attract Tulkinghorn’s attention, but Wilberforce IP barrister Anna Carboni went as far as Kenya to climb Mount Kilimajaro. Carboni even managed to convince her husband to come along on the trek. No mean feat, says Carboni, because “we’re not really people who spend our weekends traipsing around the countryside in the […]

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