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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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CC targets Eastern Europe with new Romania ally

Clifford Chance is gearing up to target the Eastern European legal market by launching an office in Bucharest. The three-partner office has been opened through an association with Romanian law firm Badea & Asociatii. Badea was founded in 2002 to service major international investors into Romania, focusing on cross border banking and finance, capital markets, […]

US IP firm expands into Europe with Frankfurt office

US niche IP firm Darby & Darby has opened its first international office in Frankfurt, signaling the start of a European expansion. Darby bagged patent lawyers Erik Swanson and Thomas Canty from the Frankfurt office of US rival Davidson Davidson & Kappel to set up the office. Swanson is an ex-Navy nuclear submarine officer and […]

Cheyne wins senior partner race at Linklaters

Veteran corporate partner David Cheyne has won Linklaters’ three-way senior partner race. The magic circle firm confirmed Cheyne’s victory at noon today (19 June). He fought off fierce competition from finance head Giles White and banking partner Robert Elliott. Cheyne who has been a partner since 1980 will succeed outgoing senior partner Anthony Cann on […]

Hedge fund poaches Citigroup counsel

Hedge fund Fim Advisers has swooped on Citigroup Private Bank to appoint its first in-house legal counsel. Citigroup’s former legal counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Asia, Philip Niel, took up his new position as general counsel at Fim Advisers last week (12 June). The newly created role, which remains a rare one within […]

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