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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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James Ellington: Standard Chartered

A recent reshuffle has extended Standard Chartered group head of legal James Ellington’s remit. But he’s relishing the challenge. By Julia Berris It has been a busy six months for group head of legal at Standard Chartered Bank James Ellington. After taking over from David Brimacombe, who moved to Standard Chartered’s Dubai office to head […]

Clifford Chance to take on Wall St in US relaunch

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City firms must acknowledge the importance of treasurer relations

Treasurers are key players in any deal and firms must ensure they build strong ties. By Julia Berris HIGH-profile deals continue to dominate the corporate landscape, with financial and legal advisers winning plaudits for their part in driving the acquisitions through. Behind the scenes, however, sits a team of treasurers whose role is just as […]

Networking tool set up for sole in-housers

The Commerce & Industry (C&I) Group has invested in software to allow its sole in-house lawyer members to network online. The software, which will be rolled out to lawyers later in the year, is part of a programme aimed at supporting in-house counsel who work alone. The programme will allow sole in-housers to meet and […]

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