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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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Ladas & Parry IP lawyer put on sex offenders’ register for bus grope

An international IP lawyer has been put on the sex offenders’ register for groping a woman on a bus. Ladas & Parry solicitor Hugh Robert Wotherspoon was given a three-year supervision order and put on a sexual behaviour programme by Judge Peter Hughes QC at Carlisle Crown Court on Friday (31 August). Wotherspoon specialised in […]

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Holman Fenwick Sydney head quits for Reed Smith’s Hong Kong spin-off

Holman Fenwick Willan’s Sydney head David Coogans is moving to Hong Kong to join Howse Williams Bowers, a firm established earlier this year by three of Reed Smith Richards Butler’s founding partners in Hong Kong. Coogans, a shipping lawyer with a focus on collision and salvage work, will join his former Richards Butler colleagues in […]

Fee thinking

Better billing is key to winning work from Aussie in-housers As this week’s cover story explains, Australia is an increasingly attractive market for international firms. But to achieve a full financial merger with an Australian firm is challenging for a plethora of reasons, not least the disparity in profitability. It will not be cheering to […]

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Herbert Smith snaps up Salans’ Moscow disputes head

Herbert Smith has hired Moscow-based disputes partner Alexei Panich from Salans to help fill the gap left by the departure of the firm’s Moscow disputes head in June. Dmitry Kurochkin, the former head of Herbert Smith’s Moscow litigation arbitration practice and employment and group head of the CEMEA (Continental Europe Middle East and Africa) litigation […]

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