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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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New London boss to spearhead Squire integration and profile push

Squire Sanders & Dempsey today announced its new managing partner of the firm’s London office will be a partner gained from the recent Haarmann Hemmelrath merger. Andrew Visintin, who along with his Haarman colleagues joined the Ohio-headquartered firm in February, will lead more than 30 lawyers in the London office. There was no leadership vote. […]

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Herbies teams up with Minters for Aussie smartcard scheme

Herbert Smith has scored its first instruction from the Australian government, aided by a personal relationship with a partner at Minter Ellison. The City and Australian firms are collaborating on a A$1bn (£404.36m) project to roll out access cards to 20-million Australians by 2010 in an attempt to streamline the existing complicated access to benefits […]

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Philadelphia-based Saul Ewing is looking to beef up its Washington DC presence by merging with employment boutique Schmeltzer Aptaker & Shepard. The agreement in principle to the merger, which would create a 300-attorney firm with six offices, was announced yesterday. The managing partner of Saul Ewing, David Antzis, said in a statement: “This expansion will […]

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