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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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F Castelo splits as founding partner quits

Lisbon law firm F Castelo Branco & Associados has split after one of the founding partners quit to start up another new firm with seven of the firm’s lawyers. Rui Carlos Colmonero, a highly rated specialist in the tourism and travel industry, has called his firm RCA Colmonero & Associados. The firm will specialise in […]

Watson Farley launches Greek practice and doubles energy

Watson Farley & Williams has launched a Greek law practice with the appointment of Efstratios Paschalidis as a partner in its Piraeus office. Highly rated Greek lawyer Paschalidis joined Watson Farley from Vgenopoulos & Partners, where he has been for 20 years. Paschalidis has experience of advising Greek banks in regard to shipping and corporate […]

Bakers comes under pressure

Baker & McKenzie is going through a turbulent period in Germany as US firms raid it for several partners. Latham & Watkins lured corporate partner Dirk Oberbracht to its Frankfurt office and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom poached employment partner Ulrich Ziegler, who is joining its Frankfurt office. On the recent spate of Bakers […]

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Unison forces court case over Govt pension plan

Public sector union Unison went head-to-head with the Government last week in a judicial review hearing over local government pensions. Unison in-house solicitor Helen Phillips instructed 11 King’s Bench Walk’s James Goudie QC to fight the judicial review on the union’s behalf. Supported by eight other unions, including Amicus and the GMB, Unison argued in […]

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