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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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Warburg appoints first global chief

Warburg Dillon Read has become the first UK investment bank to appoint a general counsel with responsibility for legal issues globally. Mark Harding was WDR’s European general counsel before the new position was created for him. The promotion makes him a member of the board. He says: “I have a big role in WDR now. […]

In brief: Moquet Borde & Associes

Moquet Borde & Associes, the Paris firm, is leading a pan-European alliance. Swiss firm Meyer Lustenberger & Partner, German firm Beiten Burkhardt Mittl & Wegener, and Italian firm Pavia & Ansaldo will join forces to form the alliance. It is officially being launched at the beginning of June. Meanwhile, White & Case has recruited a […]

Hunt for top lawyers to fill Law Commissioners posts

The hunt is on for two top lawyers to take up prestigious roles as Law Commissioners. The posts of common law and criminal law and evidence Law Commissioners will be vacant from October this year and January 2000 respectively. They pay u81,260 a year. The incumbents, Professor Andrew Burrows (common law) and Stephen Filber QC […]

Lord Irvine climbs down on Law Society trade union fees

The Lord Chancellor has climbed down on his threat to abolish the Law Society’s trade union function in the Access to Justice Bill. Rather than accepting a back-bench amendment restricting the Society’s use of practising fees to regulatory and training functions, Lord Irvine plans to give himself an enabling power in the Bill, allowing him […]

SJ Berwin plunders leading Spanish firm for new office

SJ Berwin has raided a Spanish law firm to establish its own Madrid office and strengthen its Brussels team. The City firm has taken on two teams from B Cremades y Asociados in Madrid, one of Spain’s largest law firms. In Madrid, senior corporate partner Carlos Pazos will bring two assistants with him to set […]

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