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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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Pinsents re-elects senior partner

Pinsent Masons senior partner Chris Mullen was re-elected last week to serve a four-year term, having taken over in mid-term three years ago. Mullen used the occasion to pledge that he would follow through on the firm’s stated strategy of backing domestic growth, particularly in London, plus targeted growth internationally. “Over the next two years […]

DLA, Skadden line up for pharma merger

DLA Piper has scored a role on one of the biggest pharmaceutical deals of the year, lining up alongside Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom in the 6.7bn Dollars(£3.42bn) merger of US biotech suppliers Invitrogen and Applera Corporation. DLA Piper acted for the buyer, Invitrogen, led by San Diego-based relationship partners Jeff Baglio and Jay […]

Troutman eyes London insurance market

Atlanta-based Troutman Sanders is planning a move into the London insurance market following the firm’s merger with US insurance boutique Ross Dixon & Bell. London managing partner Robert Bata has pledged to hire “aggressively” in the sector following the move.Troutman Sanders’ three-partner City outfit does not currently have an insurance capability. “Having this kind of […]

Macfarlanes ups salaries across the board

Macfarlanes has announced pay rises for the majority of its salaried lawyers. Macfarlanes ups salaries across the board” />Macfarlanes has announced pay rises for the majority of its salaried lawyers. Wages for trainee solicitors, newly-qualified (NQ) and one year post qualified experience (PQE) all rose by £1,000, to £37,000, £65,000 and £71,000 respectively. But senior […]

Linklaters shakes up Euro management team

Linklaters has reshuffled its Europe management team after appointing Belgium partner Jean-Pierre Blumberg as European managing partner. Blumberg, who has managed the firm’s Belgian practice since 2001, succeeds former European managing partner Jean-Marc Lefèvre, whose four-year term of office has come to an end. As European managing partner, Blumberg will represent Linklaters’ mainland Western European […]

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