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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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US dispute resolution group JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services) is launching its first London operations with the arrival of the former general counsel of engineering giant Bechtel. Katherine Gurun, who was Bechtel’s group general counsel from 2001 to May 2006, will be based in London with the aim of hearing cases across Europe and […]

Law Soc to ditch minimum pay in effort to up training contracts

The Law Society’s regulation board is set to scrap its minimum salary requirement in an effort to grow the number of training contract places available to students. Despite growth in the number of students taking the LPC over the past five years, the number of available training contracts has remained almost static. In 2000 there […]

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Due to a host of tax and other incentives, Switzerland has made itself a centre for commodities trading. By Marc Gillieron For many years Switzerland has been home to a number of large international trading companies whose businesses focus on trading commodities. The commodities themselves – principally oil, petroleum products, grains, sugar and cotton – […]

Take the biscuit

It’s training contract interview time in the City, and Tulkinghorn is in a position to give all those spotty 20-year-olds a top tip. There’s a running joke at one top 10 firm that the partners will offer any nervous wannabe a place if they literally take the biscuit. In other words, they reckon that if […]

Hammonds fights to retain Brussels trio

Hammonds’ Brussels office has been hit by the resignation of its three most senior partners, but the firm is refusing to let the trio go without a fight. Brussels office head Konstantinos Adamantopoulos, competition head José Rivas and trade partner Edward Borovikov have all resigned and are seeking a new firm, as first revealed on […]

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