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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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New twist on age-old issue

As if law firms didn’t have enough to contend with on diversity, next month the age discrimination law comes into force. And according to HR professionals, recruiters and employment lawyers, there are some very tricky issues about to surface. One of the issues, believe it or not, is the acronym PQE (post-qualification experience). Universally used […]

Milbank opens in Beijing after six-month wait

Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy has launched an office in Beijing to boost its Asian presence. Milbank announced its decision to launch an office in Beijing, first revealed by The Lawyer (January 30), after the closure of its 10-lawyer Silicon Valley office. Milbank chairman Mel Immergut explained that the firm had decided instead to channel […]

Freshfields bags Deutsche-UBS mandate on Europe’s largest hybrid

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has bagged a lead role on Siemens’ recent placing of Europe’s largest corporate hybrid bond. Freshfields is advising Deutsche Bank and UBS as joint book runners and structuring advisers to Siemens on its EUR900m and £750m hybrid bonds. Freshfields’ corporate and finance partner Rick van Aerssen told The Lawyer: “We won this […]

Norton Rose cuts billable hours targets

Norton Rose has responded to its associates’ concerns about working hours by slashing the number of chargeable hours needed to be paid a bonus. The firm has introduced a new bonus scheme, applicable across all of its offices, which kicks in when 1,500 billable hours have been recorded. Up to 100 of those can be […]

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