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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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Linklaters-Oppenhoffs tie suffers legal hitches

Oppenhoff & Rädler’s plans to merge with Linklaters & Alliance are being held up by a legal technicality, though the contract is expected to be completed for voting as early as next month. At present a “yes” verdict is predicted when the final documents are released to partners at the German firm this summer, including […]

Chadbourne & Parke wins fight to open Beijing office

New York firm Chadbourne & Parke is to open an office in China, having been granted a licence by the Chinese Ministry of Justice. Chadbournes applied for the licence in 1994. It has finally received its certificate of approval and is now in the process of deciding exactly which lawyers it will charge with the […]

‘The elder statesman of the banking world’

Rodgin Cohen Banking lawyer ‘par excellence’ Rodgin Cohen has just taken over the chairmanship of Sullivan & Cromwell. Devoted to his practice and one of the firm’s biggest billers, he is no less committed to making Sullivan & Cromwell the market leader in Europe. Claire Smith reports. Rodgin Cohen has a deadly serious expression on […]

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, published by Arrow books ISBN0099410672

As both in-house and private practice lawyers wait for the next wave of consolidation to set them new challenges and devour more time, they might set aside a little quality time to read a novel and, if they are feeling guilty that something as frivolous as a work of fiction might not be the most […]

4-5 Gray’s Inn calls off merger with Monckton

4-5 Gray’s Inn Square has broken off merger talks with Monckton Chambers. 4-5 Gray’s Inn confirms the negotiation breakdown. But when first contacted, Monckton’s chambers director Alexandrino le Clezio, who was due to become the chief executive of the merged chambers, said that talks were ongoing and that both sets were still “actively looking for […]

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