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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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Dickinson Dees shores up insolvency

Dickinson Dees has plundered North East rival Watson Burton to replenish its insolvency team following the retirement of long-serving insolvency partner and head of banking Gordon Sanderson. Watson Burton will lose its only insolvency partner, the highly rated Julian Gill, to Dickinsons by next May at the latest. Watson Burton Newcastle managing partner Gillian Hall […]

Olswang to make 10 redundant in real estate

Olswang is set to make 10 people redundant from its real estate department. Olswang announced today that it is restructuring its property practice, a move which has resulted in consultations that are expected to lead to five associates and five secretaries losing their jobs. A firm released a statement, which said: “Olswang is restructuring its […]

Birmingham quartet sets up first pro bono clinic

Four of Birmingham’s top commercial law firms have joined forces to launch the city’s first pro bono clinic. The collaboration between DLA Piper, Eversheds, Hammonds and Wragge & Co, which was two years in the making, was announced last Thursday (15 November) to coincide with Pro Bono Week. Free legal services will be available to […]

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A&O and Freshfields boost US associate bonuses

Allen & Overy and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer yesterday announced their new bonuses for US associates. Both firms matched market rates, announcing end-of-year and special bonuses starting at $35,000 for class of 2007 associates and rising to a total of $115,000 for class of 2001 or older associates. The latter figure includes a $50,000 special bonus. […]

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As the old adage goes, “failing to prepare is preparing to fail”. This saying has never been more apparent than in the legal market today, as the UK faces a major overhaul of regulation brought about by the Solicitors’ Code of Conduct and – even more critically – the Legal Services Act. Lawyers need to […]

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