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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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The panel system as a defence tactic

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Zurich cost-cutting sees global review of advisers

Insurer Zurich has launched a global review of its external legal services in a move to rationalise its legal spend and will form its first official panel of preferred advisers as part of the process. The review, which relates to the company’s corporate legal advisers and not its claims panel, which was reviewed in 2003, […]

Pinsents and Masons merger gets partners’ vote

The merger between Pinsents and Masons is set to go ahead after the firms’ partners voted in favour of the tie-up. The combination will go live in early December, creating a merged entity with £150m in turnover. The new firm, which will be known as Pinsent Masons, will house 240 partners, 900 lawyers and 1,500 […]

McDermott unveils Dorsey corporate hire for London

McDermott Will & Emery’s London office is bumping up corporate with a lateral from Dorsey & Whitney. Michael McFall is leaving Dorsey after six years at the firm. His clients include technology giant Intel, Pearson and US private equity firm The Carlyle Group. The hire of McFall follows the summer appointment of employment partner David […]

Minter Ellison gains Shanghai head from Masons

Australia’s Minter Ellison has raided Masons in China to strengthen its Shanghai office with a new figurehead. David Cox has been appointed to the new position of Shanghai head and replaces senior associate YiYi Wu, who has been the firm’s key contact in Shanghai since 2001. Cox joins from Masons, where he was a key […]

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