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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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A&O boosts Bangkok with Norton Rose partner

Allen & Overy (A&O) has taken a Norton Rose partner for its Thailand office, making him counsel. Suparerk Auychai has banking and equity capital markets expertise and will join A&O’s 26-lawyer Bangkok office. Auychai was a partner at Norton Rose for two years, having been made up in 2005. Norton Rose is now left with […]

Fried Frank raids A&O for German ECM launch

Fried Frank is set to launch an equity capital markets (ECM) practice in Germany with the hire of a partner from Allen & Overy’s Frankfurt office. Michael Schlitt, A&O’s head of equity capital markets in Germany, has resigned to join Fried Frank’s fledgling corporate business, according to German magazine Juve. The move comes just weeks […]

Freshfields on the back foot as ex-partner paints bleak picture of pension reforms

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer is fighting to maintain that its controversial pension reforms and its £55m firmwide restructuring undertaken in the past two years are two distinct policies. There have been multiple references to the so-called ‘Size and Shape’ restructuring throughout the ongoing hearing of age discrimination claims brought by former Freshfields insolvency partner Peter Bloxham […]

Thierry Henry turns to Mishcon for divorce

Mishcon de Reya has been appointed to handle the divorce of former Arsenal star Thierry Henry in what could be the biggest divorce payout by a footballer, with Henry’s fortune estimated at £25m. Mishcon partner and head of the family group Sandra Davis will be working on the case with assistant Ruth Abrams. Davis has […]

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