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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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Work Life Quiz: John Machell, Serle Court

What was your first ever job? Saturday job in a sports shop. My best friend and I were nearly sacked when we dressed up in ski gear, stood in the ­window pretending to be ­mannequins and made small children jump. What was your worst experience as a trainee? My first appearance in court. Despite my […]

Aegis Media GC promoted to group role

Aegis Media general counsel (GC) Simon Zinger has been ­promoted to the newly created role of GC at Aegis Group. Zinger will oversee all legal, regulatory and compliance ­functions within the group, which includes Aegis Media and market research company Synovate. “This new position gives me the opportunity to drive a consistent legal strategy and […]

Covington turns to Paul Hastings for London employment team

US firm Covington & Burling has boosted its employment team in London with a team of lawyers from Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker. Partner Christopher Walter, who was a counsel at Covington & Burling before joining Paul Hastings to chair its London employment practice, rejoins his old firm as a partner in the five-lawyer European […]

TLT Solicitors gains place on Interserve property panel

TLT solicitors has won a place on Interserve’s two-firm property support panel, replacing Eversheds, which opted not to tender. Fellow South West firm Rickerbys has retained its place alongside TLT as asset management adviser to the support services and construction group. TLT real estate partner Tim Rowe, who leads the Interserve relationship, said: “We’ve done […]

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