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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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IT briefs leave Bird Semple for Masons

UK FIRM Masons has poa-ched two IT lawyers from Bird Semple. John Salmon is to become a partner at Masons. Salmon is regarded as the architect of the TechMedia group set up less than a year ago to focus on the technology, media and new media sectors. John Mackenzie will remain an associate. A source […]

Law Society in £45,000 Disney spend

THE LAW Society is spending tens of thousands of pounds to send council members and their spouses to its annual conference in Disneyland Paris. The final bill could be as high as £45,000, admits the society. Sources claim the figure could be nearer £90,000. This year’s conference has been revamped and rebranded as the Solicitors’ […]

Clifford Chance poaches Italian rival's top partner

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An ombudsman should regulate pay-per-view television, says the solicitor planning legal action in the wake of the heavyweight boxing title fight fiasco. Stephen Alexander, a partner at six-month-old London firm Class Law, is representing television viewers and ringside fans infuriated by the drawn fight between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. Commentators have accused promoters of […]

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