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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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Travers boosts PEP to £810,000

Travers Smith is the latest firm to announce its financial results, posting a solid 15 per cent rise in both turnover and average profit per equity partner (PEP). The City firm’s 47 equity partners now take home an average of £810,000 per partner while its turnover stands at £78.3m. Net profit has risen 15 per […]

Freshfields and Linklaters scoop Rio Tinto-Alcan megadeal

Linklaters has scored the lead EU and US roles on Rio Tinto’s $34bn (£16.75bn) bid for Canadian aluminium company Alcan. Linklaters corporate partner Richard Godden is advising Rio Tinto, leading a team that includes competition partner Gavin Robert, corporate partner James Inglis and banking partner Stuart Thomas. Linklaters antitrust partner Tom McGrath is advising Rio […]

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Revealed: how to chat up a senior clerk

The bar is often criticised for being elitist, Oxbridge dominated and simply outdated, but a glossary of clerking speak shows that the bar can be ‘down with the kids’. Dionne Warwick, Gareth Gates, even Elton John and Kiki Dee feature as slang phrases in the dictionary that is being compiled by the Institute of Barristers’ […]

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