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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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DWS left sharia-less as Lovells swoops

As has been reported (5 February), finance partner Rahail Ali and his team at Denton Wilde Sapte’s (DWS) Dubai office are moving to Lovells – ideally by the end of April, should departure negotiations go to plan. DWS is one firm that has done well in the region, mainly due to its strength in Islamic […]

Howrey adds to IP strength with Taylor Wessing raid

Howrey has swooped on Taylor Wessing for the head of its life sciences practice Mark Hodgson in a move that signals the increasing depth of Howrey’s European IP team. Hodgson, a partner at Taylor Wessing for nine years, is leaving because of the potential for conflicts between one of his key clients and his current […]

Dewey Ballantine, Italy

The path to success in Italy is strewn with monuments to failure. UK and US-headquartered firms, known locally as anglosassoni, find it particularly difficult to make the marriage of cultures a happy one. Think of the 2004 divorce of Linklaters and Gianni Origoni Grippo & Partners, the 2005 split between McDermott Will & Emery and Carnelutti, or even the amicable arrivederci from Allen & Overy to Pavesio e Associati.

Action on diversity will reap rewards

Diversity is not just the latest buzzword, it’s a business imperative. Law firms have to continually seek the brightest and best talent in the marketplace, which means looking for talent beyond the traditional university milk round. At Allen & Overy (A&O) we aim to run recruitment events at a wide range of universities, as well […]

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