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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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Weil Gotshal loses London joint head

Joint head, Maurice Allen is understood to be quitting over his lack of autonomy from the US management and the firm’s stilted attempt at European expansion. Allene told the firm of his intention to quit on Friday but it is only today that the resignations of managing partner, Nick Holt and Martin Hughes, a founding […]

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Shoosmiths is closing its Rugby office and opening another in Milton Keynes as part of a strategic review. Last year the Rugby commercial team moved to Northampton, but it is uncertain what will happen to its remaining five partners and 10 assistants when the office shuts in April. Clifford Chance has poached an in-house lawyer […]

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German lawyers generally see things differently from their colleagues in London. While London managing partners bemoan the low leverage and mediocre profitability of German firms, German lawyers look with some incredulity at the modesty of the fees per fee-earner which are produced even by magic circle firms – and in a market such as London […]

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