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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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Square Mile

So City law firms need to be more “media savvy” (David McIntosh, Square Mile, 18 March). Well, who could disagree? But how many know what media savvy really means? All too often, media savvy is regarded as just issuing a stream of 250-word press releases and chatting to a journo when it suits the partners. […]

Insolvency star quits Dibbs for Stephensons

Leading insolvency partner Paul Gordon-Saker is leaving Dibb Lupton Alsop to join rival City firm Stephenson Harwood. Gordon-Saker was with Dibbs for 36 years. He was head of Dibbs’ insolvency practice in London until last year and will head Stephenson Harwood’s insolvency team in June. Dibbs’ insolvency unit has lost a number of partners to […]

Camerons' eastern promise set to go West

Cameron McKenna is set to follow the likes of Clifford Chance and Linklaters & Alliance into the risky game of global expansion (The Lawyer, 15 March). This week, the firm will officially announce plans to expand its business into North America. In April it will make a second announcement which will reveal details of its […]

Linklaters takes credit for Bluewater complex

Linklaters has led a host of top City firms advising on the new Bluewater out-of-town shopping centre in Kent. Billed as Europe’s largest shopping complex development, Bluewater has cost more than u350m to build. Cutting-edge property finance advice over the past year has cost a “considerable amount” in legal fees, say sources. Linklaters is advising […]

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Johnnie Cochran, ex-lawyer to OJ Simpson. Cochran has teamed up with rap star Puff Daddy (above) to launch a restaurant chain. It is a shrewd move on Cochran’s part – Puff is already beating Madonna and Michael Jackson in the empire-building stakes, with a company worth around u200m. The Lawyer, which has been hailed by […]

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