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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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MoD ditches three from PPP law panel

Herbert Smith, BLP and Pinsents lose out in panel review; Eversheds wins place Herbert Smith, Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and Pinsent Curtis Biddle have all lost highly coveted places on the Ministry of Defence (MoD) panel for public-private partnerships work after a lengthy review process.The panel was cut from 14 to 12 firms, with Eversheds […]

BT invites Pinsents to join list of advisers

BT has increased its reliance on national firms by adding Pinsent Curtis Biddle to its club of regular legal advisers. The telecoms giant does not operate a formal panel, but the group of firms it instructs regularly includes Linklaters, Ashurst Morris Crisp and Birmingham-based Wragge & Co.Leeds head of property at Pinsents Adrian Barlow is […]

Matthew Arnold wins StepStone job

Watford-based Matthew Arnold & Baldwin has scooped a high-profile instruction. The firm has been retained by BDO Stoy Hayward, liquidators of online recruitment agency StepStone.co.uk.StepStone.co.uk hit the headlines late last year when parent company, Norway’s StepStone ASA, announced that it would no longer provide financial support for its UK operation. StepStone.co.uk was subsequently put into […]

Eversheds votes in new profit share

Eversheds partners have voted in favour of a new profit-share system to increase dramatically the merit-based element of partner remuneration. Of the 188 equity partners entitled to vote, 166 voted in favour of the new scheme in December.The scheme will make the merit-based element in excess of 30 per cent of the balance, after fixed-share […]

A true calling

Michelle Foster, head of legal for Symbian, a joint venture between fierce mobile phone rivals, is surprisingly contented for someone in such a high-pressure role. Fiona Callister reports

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