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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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Latham bolsters New York with O’Melveny hire

Latham & Watkins‘ New York office has made its second lateral partner hire in a week for its corporate department, luring Taurie Zeitzer from O’Melveny & Myers. Zeitzer has particular experience in private equity deals both across the US and in Europe. Her arrival follows that of corporate partner Adel Aslani-Far, who joined Latham’s New […]

Freshfields stands by O’Brien after conflict case

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer consultant Barry O’Brien will retain his role as head of corporate finance despite admitting a conflict of interest at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal last week. Co-senior partner Guy Morton told The Lawyer: “When Barry returns from his summer holiday he’ll continue as head of corporate finance with the full support of the […]

Lawyer at foot-and-mouth company has no US licence

The general counsel for US animal research company Merial, one of the companies at the heart of the investigation into the foot-and-mouth outbreak in Surrey, has not had an active US legal licence since 2000, it has emerged. Horace Nalle has been general counsel at Merial since 1997, but asked the State Bar of Pennsylvania […]

The Howard Kennedy remedy

It’s time for the inaugural The Lawyer 200 spin awards, and an early entry is London’s very own Howard Kennedy. The property behemoth saw its average profit per equity partner (PEP) soar by a third last year, from £473,000 to £630,000. It was clearly a corking year, but perhaps the strong PEP performance was helped […]

Freshfields’ M&S saga: O’Brien admits conflict and accepts fine

Barry O’Brien’s fate as the sole Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer partner shouldering the blame for a 2004 conflict of interest was sealed as early as January. At O’Brien’s disciplinary hearing last week (2 August), his counsel Mark Howard QC of Brick Court Chambers told the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal (SDT) that O’Brien had not had a “Damascene […]

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