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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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RPC offloads Tiverton base to Kennedys

Reynolds Porter Chamberlain (RPC) is to hand its Tiverton office to insurance rivals Kennedys as a going concern. The firm will transfer its Devon arm, which numbers one partner and six lawyers, to Kennedys on Monday (28 July). RPC managing partner Jonathan Watmough said Tiverton no longer seemed an appropriate base for the firm. “The […]

Kaye Scholer bulks up US operations

Kaye Scholer has beefed up its US presence with a number of hires in New York and Los Angeles. In New York, the firm has snared a duo of structured finance partners from Thacher Proffitt & Wood as well as an IP partner from Latham & Watkins. In Los Angeles, the firm has hired a […]

Alston & Bird lands IndyMac role

Atlanta-based Alston & Bird is advising on issues surrounding collapsed US bank IndyMac. The California bank is a longstanding client of Alston. Washington DC partner Dwight Smith is leading Alston’s team on a number of issues relating to the bank’s collapse, including the transfer of its assets to the government. Alston is also continuing to […]

Heroes and Villains

Heroes and Villains18-July-2008American litigation lawyers are unlikely candidates for hero-status, but when your own government has allowed your pension to go down the pan, all bets are off. American litigation lawyers are unlikely candidates for hero-status, but when your own government has allowed your pension to go down the pan, all bets are off. And […]

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