Beauty and the beast of regulation

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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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LG misses out on US presence as one-time merger prospect FFW opens in Palo Alto You have to feel a bit of sympathy for Lawrence Graham (LG). Had it gone ahead with its aborted merger with Field Fisher Waterhouse (FFW), it would now boast a presence of sorts not just in Europe, Singapore, Dubai and […]

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Independent law firms from across Europe will gather at the Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo next month to discover which will become The Lawyer’s European Law Firm of the Year The shortlist for The Lawyer’s fourth European Awards features a range of firms, from specialist boutiques to full-service giants, that have all demonstrated excellence in […]

Two more Chinese firms open in Hong Kong

Two Beijing-based firms Fangda & Partners and Jia Yuan Law Offices have launched bases in Hong Kong. Fangda first revealed its Hong Kong launch plan in April 2012, when it hired litigation partner Peter Yuen from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s Hong Kong office (23 April 2012). Yuen has set up a new Hong Kong solicitors’ firm […]

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Grant Shapps – the legacy

Promoted to Chairman of the Conservative Party, Grant Shapps is now leaving his role as Minister of State for Housing and Local Government. In office – and before – he has been a vigorous promoter of change In a time of National Austerity there can be no doubt that unpopular policies must be implemented. But […]

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