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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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Clifford Chance partners are predicting a record financial year for 2005-06 as revenue for the first six months looks set to top £500m and average profitability rockets by at least 20 per cent. As The Lawyer went to press, the numbers were not yet formalised. However, the leap in revenue to £500m represents a 10 […]

Banks choose Latham for massive Wind bond issue

Latham & Watkins is putting preparations in place for one of the biggest European high-yield bond issues to date. The bond will be issued by Wind, the Italian telecoms company which earlier this year was bought by Weather Investments in Europe’s largest-ever leveraged buyout (LBO). Wind launched a roadshow for the bond last week, taking in the US […]

Howes Percival elects new managing partner

Howes Percival Solicitors partner Andrew Barnes has been elected as the firm’s new managing partner. Barnes was one of the founding members of the four-office firm.He will succeed Alan Kefford, who has served as the firm’s managing partner for the past 16 years. Kefford is expected to stand down from his role in April next […]

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Tulkinghorn simply adores those old-fashioned lawyers who still dare to be marvellously indiscreet. True, they’re a rarer breed in these corporate-led days, but when one finds oneself in their company it remains a delight with few equals. Such a character presented himself to one of Tulkinghorn’s scribes last week. The esteemed property partner is clearly […]

International report: Ginestié Magellan Paley-Vincent, france

Managing partner: Françoise Ciaudo-Ginestié Turnover 2004: €10m (£6.8m) Estimated turnover 2005: €15m (£10.1m) Total number of partners: 18 Total number of fee-earners: 60 Main practice areas: Commercial, corporate, employment and tax Key clients: Apax Partners, Castorama, the Moulin family Number of offices: Four Locations: London, Lyon, Milan and Paris For a French law firm, Ginestié […]

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