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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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Japanese review

The Japanese Ministry of Justice is conducting a review of its policy with respect to foreign law firms. According to Jonathan Goldsmith, the director of the Law Society’s international directorate, the exercise is being taken as part of a move towards liberalisation. He said that Japan was facing a big bang similar to that in […]

US practice hunts for English talent

US firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP opened a London office last week and signalled its intention to recruit English lawyers. Linklaters & Paines former senior partner John Edwards has joined the firm. Edwards, who retired from Linklaters’ late last year, had headed the firm’s European Business Unit, and will be senior adviser […]

Lawyers back Labour Party

LAWYERS are standing four-square behind Labour in the run up to this week’s General Election, according to an opinion poll commissioned by The Lawyer. The random telephone poll of 100 solicitors in England and Wales, which shows the Labour Party enjoying a commanding 23 per cent lead over the Tories, puts Labour on 55 per […]

Two more lawyers quit Mishcon de Reya

In a double blow to Mishcon de Reya, its commercial partner Paul Millett is leaving to join Finers, while its part-time banking consultant and former partner Stephen Davis is moving to Stephenson Harwood. Millett, who is still negotiating his departure date, said he could not comment on the reasons for his move, but added: “I […]

Macfarlanes shuts Tokyo office after partner leaves

Macfarlanes has been forced to close its Tokyo office. The firm claimed that it could not find a replacement for resident partner Julian Howard, who returns to London after a five-year stint. Senior partner Vanni Treves said the move comes at a time when the office was enjoying its busiest year since opening in 1992. […]

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