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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Latham names new co-leaders of global banking

Latham & Watkins has reshuffled its global heads of banking, appointing recent Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom recruit, Marc Hanrahan to one of the roles. Hanrahan, a leading banking lawyer in the US, will become global co-head of the Latham’s banking practice group along with Chicago-based banking partner David Crumbaugh. Hanrahan joined Latham earlier […]

Linklaters puts spotlight on partner performance with corporate reshuffle

Linklaters will today announce a reorganisation of its London corporate group as management focuses on partner performance. A number of partners, believed to be under five, will retire over the next financial year while others will move within the London corporate practice’s four groups. Sources state that the reorganisation is being implemented to “balance out” […]

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Hermes Property Asset Management has launched an extensive internal review of its legal systems, including analysis of the efficiency of its external legal advisers. The property fund manager, a division of Hermes Pensions Management, is understood to be reviewing the size of its annual legal spend, which could be in excess of £4m. The type […]

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