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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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2 Harcourt boosts environmental with hire of 4 Breams' Kingsland

Highly-rated environmental silk Lord Kingsland QC has left 4 Breams Buildings for the more specialised set of 2 Harcourt Buildings The set is headed formally by waste and minerals expert Gerard Ryan QC, who retired late last year. Robin Purchas QC has taken over as head, but Kingsland would be a likely future successor.Kingsland’s departure […]

Barrister convicted of ABH on journalist

An employed barrister at Bedford Borough Council has been granted a conditional discharge and fined after attacking a reporter Andy Darkoh knocked reporter Oliver Adam from the Bedfordshire on Sunday newspaper to the ground then smashed his camera. Adam was left needing five stitches to a head wound, St Albans Crown Court heard. The paper […]

Partner dispute leads to division of Qi Lin

Taiwanese corporate firm Qi Lin International Law Offices has split into two as a result of internal partner disputes Qi Lin, a second-tier corporate firm established more than seven years ago, will split into two firms practising as Winkler Partners and Yang Ming Partners. Name partner Robin Winkler will head Winkler Partners from the existing […]

Deloittes courts Garrigues as part of Andersen link

Garrigues, the Andersen Legal Spanish firm that cut its ties with the accountant last week, has been asked to join the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu network Andersen’s Spanish auditing arm is already signed up to a merger with Deloittes, which is now holding out for Garrigues to come in as part of the deal.“Deloittes has made […]

Rosenman-Katten Muchin merger creates New York-Chicago giant

New York-based Rosen-man & Colin is to merge with Chicago firm Katten Muchin Zavis The merger entity is called KMZ Rosenman and has immediately established one of the largest New York offices of any Chicago firm.The merged firm boasts a national complement of nearly 700 lawyers.Both firms have cited client demand rather than plans for […]

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