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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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Berwin Leighton appoints strategy head

Howard Rosenberg, who is a qualified architect by background, will work closely with Berwin Leighton managing partner Neville Eisenberg in implementing and developing the firm’s strategy and in analysing different strategic options for the firm. Managing partner Neville Eisenberg says “This appointment reflects the importance placed by the firm’s management on implementing our strategy which […]

Five UK firms win places on German giant's panel

German banking giant Commerzbank AG has appointed its first panel of law firms to handle its growing number of UK legal issues. Linklaters, Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance, Cameron McKenna and Theodore Goddard have won places on the panel after a beauty parade at the beginning of this year. Richard Caird, Commerzbank’s head of legal […]

Simmons acts first on new Hong Kong index

The Hong Kong office of City firm Simmons & Simmons has acted on the first private company listing on a new market of the Hong Kong stock exchange. The firm advised investment bank ICEA Capital, which is the global co-ordinator, sponsor and lead manager for the listing of Yuxing InfoTech Holdings, a high-tech company based […]

Guilty of a Cardinal sin?

I am not one known to put pen to paper and sound off on a letters page. I am no “Concerned of Croydon”. But I cannot stand by and watch the global behemoth of multinational business-law kill off another legal institution. We have few enough symbols of our profession’s status, history and value to allow […]

One King's Bench swoops as sets sink

One King’s Bench Walk has profited from the demise of two sets by taking on five of their former tenants. Three barristers have just joined from the now defunct Queen Elizabeth Building: its former head Lindsay Burn, and two senior criminal practitioners, Jonathan Lowen and James Pavry. The set is also taking on Charles Howard […]

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