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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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Clifford Chance West Coast hit by three partner losses in two days

Clifford Chance’s West Coast practice has lost another two partners, making a total of three defections in just one week. Securities litigation partners Dean Kristy and Kevin Muck, both San Francisco-based, are leaving for Fenwick & West. Their move arrives just two days after partner Craig Waldman jumped ship for Cooley Godward’s Palo Alto office. […]

Simmons scoops brief for broking arm of ABN Amro

Simmons & Simmons has leveraged its track record in advising venture capitalists on managed exits to win ABN Amro’s stockbroking arm Hoare Govett as a new client. Hoare Govett often uses Ashurst or Norton Rose, but Simmons partner Ed Lukins, who led the firm’s team advising Hoare Govett on the AIM float of Star Energy […]

Shearman tax partner defects to Watson Farley in NY

Watson Farley & Williams’ New York office has raided Shearman & Sterling for a new partner for the second time in 12 months. Stephen Millman, a senior partner specialising in tax and leasing, moves to Watson Farley’s New York office today (24 May). On joining he will be reunited with former Shearman partner John Imhof, […]

Cleary Gottlieb makes fourth raid on Linklaters

Cleary Gottlieb makes fourth raid on Linklaters” />Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has plucked a fourth Linklaters lateral, this time from its London derivatives and structured products group. The resignation of Simon Ovenden, a partner with Linklaters since 1997, was announced within the magic circle firm last Tuesday (18 May), when senior partner Anthony Cann […]

Leader

Remember all the panic about the changes to accounting for work in progress (WIP)? Well now that the financial reporting season is in full flight, the one-off tax hit that Application Note G to FRS5 (doesn’t that name just make you feel warm all over?) will bring about is suddenly hideously close. It’s easy to […]

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