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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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Driving regeneration

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RPC raids McGrigors as tax litigation rivalries escalate

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) has poached a tax litigation partner from its rival team at McGrigors. Mark Whitehouse, formerly head of civil tax litigation at McGrigors, joins RPC as its first dedicated tax litigation partner during a period of flux for the tax litigation market, which boils down to a fierce rivalry between DLA Piper, […]

UK firms on the prowl for German opportunities

Lawrence Graham is also looking towards Germany. It is starting to rebuild its presence in Europe by forming links with independent law firms in jurisdictions such as France, Italy, Spain and, of course, Germany, where the firm is still working with old ally Esche Schumann Commichau. Senior partner Bill Richards says that, while Europe continues […]

Hammonds bolsters tax with DLA hire

Hammonds has strengthened its tax offering with the hire of a tax accountant from DLA Piper. Michael McCormack joins Hammonds as a director of tax, having previously worked for Ernst & Young and the Irish Revenue before DLA Piper. McCormack will advise Hammonds’ clients on corporate and commercial tax issues, as well as helping the […]

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US firm Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker has hired corporate partner Sandra Esquiva-Hesse from the Paris office of Clifford Chance, where she was of counsel. Reading-headquartered firm Pitmans has hired IP assistant Sarah Hadland from Eversheds. South Wales firm Leo Abse & Cohen has taken on Frances Blomeley as associate partner and head of commercial […]

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