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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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Weil secures lead role for AIG on government fund

Weil Gotshal & Manges has scored another leading role amid the unfolding financial market turmoil, advising AIG on its $85bn US government funding. New York restructuring partner Gary Holtzer (pictured) is leading the firm advising the beleaguered insurer on the funding granted by the Federal Reserve. It is thought the instruction came as a result […]

Brand on the run

Branding poses law firms difficulties. They must strike the balance between something inane but not evil, professional but not boring. Tulkinghorn ­understands that ­Addleshaw Goddard might be having a few problems with that ­balance. One of his moles was curious to hear that the firm wants its external branding to be in tune with whichever […]

Focus: Ladies in waiting

The Lawyer UK 200 Annual Report 2008 shows that women are increasingly making partner – but what about the equity? Female equity partners in the West End are few and far between. In the top 100 law firms listed in the The Lawyer UK 200, there are only 10 women partners with equity in the […]

In good company

Executive-level salaries, severance pay and pension benefits are being targeted by the Dutch tax authorities – but forming a special type of limited company can halve the size of the eventual bill. The rich might not keep on ­getting richer in the Netherlands. Senior management salaries came under scrutiny this May after the government sent […]

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