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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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Cooley boosts tax with West Coast lawyer

Silicon Valley firm Cooley Godward has pulled off a coup against nearest rival Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati with the hire of its former head of tax. Glen Kohl is one of the top tax and M&A lawyers in California. He left his position at Wilson Sonsini in 1993 to join the US Department of […]

Senior partner retires from Wiggin & Co

Leading media and entertainment boutique Wiggin & Co’s senior partner is departing. Nic Stones is stepping down after 15 years in the role and will retire from the firm. Head of media and entertainment Tim Osborne will replace him. Osborne, who joined in 1979 from Lovell White & King (now Lovells), will continue to head […]

Fountain Court boosts clerk count

Magic circle set Fountain Court is taking on three new clerks, including one from rival One Essex Court. John Clements will join from One Essex Court, and two further junior clerks at the bottom end will bring the total count to 11. Clements has been at One Essex Court for 12 years and will leave […]

CGNU slashes legal panel to four firms

Insurance giant CGNU has dramatically overhauled its property investment panel, slashing it from 16 firms to four, and dropping Clifford Chance in the process. The winning firms are Berwin Leighton, Hammond Suddards Edge, Nabarro Nathanson and Penningtons. CGNU is the second-largest property investment company after Prudential. Morley Fund Management, the CGNU subsidiary that manages its […]

NFU legal chief leaves at peak of farm crisis

Vidal quits farmers union for specialist ministry of agriculture role The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is losing its chief legal adviser as the workload peaks due to the foot-and-mouth crisis. Richard Vidal, who has worked for the NFU for 14 years, is joining the Ministry of Agriculture as a legal adviser. His plays a general […]

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