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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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CC targets corporate fraud with RJW ace

Clifford Chance has ramped up its white-collar crime capabilities with the hire of Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) financial fraud star Judith Seddon. The move follows the departure ;of ;RJW’s Manchester fraud head Neill Blundell, who joined Eversheds in May (The Lawyer, 6 May). Clifford Chance head of litigation Nicholas Munday said Seddon would join […]

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Crispin Rapinet has been elected as Asia and Middle East managing partner at Lovells. He will have overall responsibility for the firm’s seven offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Ho Chi Minh City and Dubai. MOVE OF THE WEEK CMS Hasche Sigle managing partner Cornelius Brandi has been made hairman of the CMS […]

Lawyer to lawmaker

Political ‘lobbyists’ once had a dubious reputation in Ireland, but the government’s policy of engagement now gives law firms the chance to get involved in public affairs and influence legislation. With ;the ;volume, complexity and scope of legislation growing, engagement with the policy-making and legislative processes is imperative for those seeking to influence the shape […]

Hammonds: 2 out of 3

Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley’s mantra is “business, business, business”. Top of the PEPs Revenue PEP Table Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley’s mantra is “business, business, business”. Crossley prides himself on managing his lawyers not as part of a profession but as part of a business. And like with many businesses in the current climate, […]

Too chicken for hot potato?

Until laws on divorce and cohabitants are brought into the 21st Century injustice will continue, says Julian Lipson Let’s face it. Reforming family law is rarely a vote winner. How often have family lawyers been handbagged for supporting the lot of the unwed mother, the same-sex partner or the abolition of fault-based divorce? The Press […]

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