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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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Dentons woos former partner from Eversheds

Denton Wilde Sapte has rehired former partner Stephen Webb, while at the same time losing restructuring partner Michael Rutstein to Jones Day‘s London office. Planning lawyer Webb has returned to the firm following a two-year stint at Eversheds, where he was a fixed-share partner. He decided to move back to Dentons after being offered equity […]

Travers latest to make LLP switch

Travers Smith has re-written its partnership agreement as it becomes the latest City firm to convert to a limited liability partnership (LLP). Travers set up a special committee to handle the conversion, headed by managing partner Chris Carroll and corporate partner Oliver Barnes, alongside partnership manager David Thomas and recently-retired property partner Robert Harman. Barnes […]

Clarification

Last week (23 June) The Lawyer reported that 7 Bedford Row (7BR) had witnessed a drop in turnover of 9.7 per cent, down from £15.5m in 2006-07 to £14m in 2007-08. In fact, the figure provided by the set was not like-for-like with the previous year’s figure, as it did not include VAT. Taking VAT […]

New qualifications

The Irish Financial Regulator has introduced a raft of features to make its qualifying investment fund more attractive. Constructing an investment fund product requires the consideration of a number of competing issues. This can result in compromises that could impact on a product’s performance and return to its investors. The importance of providing a flexible […]

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Hammonds posts 9 per cent drop in PEP

Hammonds’ average profit per equity partner (PEP) plummeted by £37,000 in the past financial year while global turnover saw a 3.4 per cent rise to £132m. The firm blamed a variety of infrastructure investments, its Spanish office, a difficult market and the reorganisation of its equity structure for a 9 per cent drop in PEP […]

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