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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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Morgan Stanley’s pussy furore

Domain name disputes are often David and Goliath affairs,but rarely Bank and Cat. When Morgan Stanley noticedthat someone had registered mymorganstanleyplatinum.com, it called in trademark specialist Baila Celedonia of top New York firm Cowan Liebowitz & Latman. Celedonia’s opponent, a cat called Meow, did not have a big legal budget. Business consultant Michael Woods, the […]

Orrick seeks new UK home with plans to double size

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is gearing up to double the size of its London office after launching a search for larger premises. The US firm has begun viewing alternatives to its existing offices in Tower 42 with a view to using a break clause in its lease next year, otherwise the lease would expire in […]

Encouraging diversity awareness

Setting up diversity training and awareness sessions for partners and staff was one of the first issues addressed by the inclusivity group at Herbert Smith following its formation in 2004. Our initial enthusiasm was tempered by a confusing array of external advice on the issue, ranging from ‘essential’ to ‘a waste of time’ and ‘a […]

Legal Services Bill ushers in new era

Barrister-turned-politico Lord Falconer unveiled the future of the law late last month with the draft Legal Services Bill. As proposed in October’s White Paper, the different legal professions will soon be regulated by an overarching regulator, the Legal Services Board (LSB), and a complaints-handling board, the Office for Legal Complaints (OLC). Bar chair Stephen Hockman […]

Foreign firms snap up Asian IPOs

It is no wonder local law firms are so aggrieved given the amount of headline grabbing IPO work farmed out to foreign firms within the region in recent weeks. First, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, led by Hong Kong partner Kay Ian Ng, and Sullivan & Cromwell scooped mandates to advise on the world’s biggest share listing […]

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