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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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Court of Appeal redraws rules on design and trademark rights

IP practitioners will need to update their textbooks on trademark and design rights after the Court of Appeal handed down two judgments within a week. IP sets 11 South Square and Hogarth Chambers were the all-round winners, with their respective top silks Henry Carr QC and Roger Wyand QC taking the leading roles in both […]

BLG stakes all on City litigation referrals

Barlow Lyde & Gilbert (BLG) is to make litigation the linchpin of the firm, signalling the end of any pretence at focusing on transactional practices. New head of commercial litigation Julian Randall told The Lawyer: “Our hook is that we are purely litigators so are not out to steal away clients.” The strategy refocus follows […]

Way out quest

Dealing with an exit from a limited-liability partnership can be a thorny issue, especially when no partnership agreement has been put in place, say Peter Garry and Troy Wano Given the virtually untested legislative framework surrounding limited-liability partnerships (LLP), guiding LLP clients through a dispute involving an exiting member where there is no members’ agreement […]

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Bakers wins Nike role on £284m Umbro takeover

Baker & McKenziehas scored a stunning coup by scooping the lead role advising Nike on its £284m takeover bid for UK sportswear maker Umbro. The firm won the instruction through a beauty parade to register its first corporate deal for the sportswear giant. Bakers’ relationship with Nike has been built by the IP team, which […]

Thelen launches new patent litigation group

Thelen Reid Brown Raysman & Steiner has raided the New York office of Weil Gotshal & Manges, hiring patent litigation partner Steve Rizzi. Rizzi, who joined Thelen on Tuesday (16 October), will look to spearhead the growth of his new firm’s East Coast patent litigation group. Thelen’s group also includes IP trial lawyers in New […]

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