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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Women solicitors reach 40 per cent of the UK’s legal population

Women now make up more than 40 per cent of the solicitors’ profession, as the number of English and Welsh solicitors with practising certificates broke through the 100,000 barrier for the first time. The new figures were published by the Law Society in its annual statistical report. The total number of solicitors with practising certificates […]

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A former Simmons & Simmons lawyer is setting out to help vulnerable children in Pakistan and build up a network highlighting the value of pro bono work in the country. Mahnaz Malik, previously a litigation associate with Simmons in London, is coordinating the scheme with help from the Law Society. Named ‘Project Advocate’, the scheme […]

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One of the longest-running PFI sagas finally reached its zenith last month with the financial close of the controversial £1bn St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London PFI redevelopment. Allen & Overy, led by projects partners John Scriven and David Lee (pictured), had been advising the Barts and London NHS Trusts throughout the six years of […]

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Three lawyers from Salans’ Romanian operation have quit to launch a new independent Romanian firm. Highly rated Romanian tax lawyer Gabriel Biris, corporate/competition lawyer Gelu Goran and real estate lawyer Victor Constantinescu were all associates at Salans. They will be joined by corporate lawyer Dan Visoiu, who quit Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker for a […]

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