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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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Wachovia hires Citigroup general counsel for in-house chief role

Wachovia has snared Citigroup’s global consumer group general counsel to head its 400-strong in-house legal team. Jane Sherburne, who will take up her post as general counsel later this summer, will replace Mark Treanor, who is due to retire from the bank later this year. Treanor said: “Jane brings a wealth of financial sector experience […]

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Treading the boards has lost its shine for UK luvvie Derek Jacobi, who now finds himself overseeing the European expansion of Squire Sanders & Dempsey under the guise of Mark Cusick. Jacobi was a key part of the team that relaunched the firm’s presence in Kiev, hiring a team from local offering The Silecky Firm. […]

Segro and Blemain win new in-housers

The slowdown in the real estate sector has not stopped in-house activity, with property investment companies Segro and Blemain Group appointing new general counsel.

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