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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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CC caught up in Montanaro row

Clifford Chance has been drawn into a row between Montanaro Holdings and three of its company’s ex-directors. Montanaro is claiming that the law firm’s company secretarial arm, Clifford Chance Secretaries Ltd, is responsible for an invalid board meeting. The allegations come as three of the company’s directors James Baker, James Cotton and David Shapiro who […]

PwC snaps up Italian firm and looks to merge German offices

By Richard Tyler. Pricewaterhouse Coopers has swallowed up the 20-lawyer Rome and Milan-based practice, Studio Legale Associato, formerly associated with Frere Cholmeley Bischoff. The Big Five accountant will fold this firm, together with the four lawyers from Price Waterhouse’s existing Italian practice, into Coopers & Lybrand’s 36-lawyer firm, Pirola Pennuto Ze. The merger will create […]

Ex NHS trust chief to head Wilberforce

Shaun Pye reports Wilberforce chambers has appointed the former chief executive of an NHS trust to be its first chambers director. Suzanne Cosgrave, who starts on 1 April, will be responsible for the overall management of chambers including the clerks. Senior clerk Roy Beazley retires from the chancery set, which has 29 tenants, at the […]

Herbert Smith scoops Slaughters

Slaughter and May, the traditional leader on major stock exchange flotations, has acted on none so far this year, while Herbert Smith has scooped a higher number and total value than any other firm. KPMG figures showing the total number of flotations in the past four years still put Slaughters at number two by deal […]

Defence solicitors' fees at risk

Roger Pearson looks at a recent decision which could leave defence solicitors’ fees subject to proprietary claims by the plaintiffs The decision of Michael Burton QC sitting as a deputy judge in the case of the United Mizrahi Bank (UMB) v Doherty & ors in the High Court on 28 November last year could have […]

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