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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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Cooley Godward seals merger with disputes specialist Kronish

The merger between US firms Cooley Godward and Kronish Lieb Weiner & Hellman is effective from today (2 October), with the combined firm operating as Cooley Godward Kronish. The new firm has 550 lawyers and a significant presence on both US coasts. Cooley Godward is best known for IP and biotech work in Silicon Valley […]

Tax litigation war is on for DLA Piper, Dorsey, McGrigors and RPC

DLA Piper may have won the latest MTIC GLO battle, but the war is far from won. By Steve Hoare McGrigors had an almighty row with DLA Piper in the High Court during the summer over the court’s appointment of the lead solicitor in a group litigation order (GLO) relating to missing trader intra-community (MTIC) […]

A&O managing partner retains role until 2008

Allen & Overy (A&O) partners have voted to extend managing partner David Morley’s tenure by another year to 2008. Morley’s term of office began in December 2002 after his predecessor John Rink resigned early. Morley’s term will now run in parallel with senior partner Guy Beringer’s (www.thelawyer.com, 28 September). Elections for the two posts will […]

‘Open justice’ wins as DCA rewrites claim access rules

Media lawyers have forced the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) into a U-turn over the introduction of a controversial rule that restricted the public’s access to court documents. A new rule, which comes into effect today (2 October), gives the media and members of the public access to documents such as pleadings and defence of […]

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