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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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Sullivans hires Stibbe partner

The Paris office of Dutch law firm Stibbe Simont Monahan Duhot is losing a corporate partner to US firm Sullivan & Cromwell. Richard Vilanova is leaving the 30-partner practice to join Sullivan & Cromwell’s small Paris office. He specialises in asset financing and capital markets and already does the French component of financing projects for […]

Baker & McKenzie partner joins Goldman Sachs

David Green, who joins the investment bank in January, is the second partner Baker & McKenzie has lost to a client this year . The firm’s London office lost partner Graham Allan to client Cisco earlier this year. Green, who has been at Baker & McKenzie for 12 years, says it will be a “huge […]

Linklaters & Alliance shuts down St Petersburg office

Linklaters & Alliance is shutting its St Petersburg office as it joins the long line of foreign firms downsizing their presence in Russia. The firm is in the process of transferring three of the five lawyers from the St Petersburg branch to its substantially larger Moscow office. Managing partner of the office Dominic Sanders has […]

Athlete Wins Undisclosed Libel Damages From BBC

Whitbread’s lawyer, Graham Atkins, an associate with Campbell Hooper, secured damages and an apology from the BBC in an out of court settlement. The action arose after two of the panellists on They Think It’s All Over falsely suggested that Whitbread had unnaturally high levels of testosterone in her blood during her career. After the […]

Oppenhoff & Rädler NY head quits for Kirkland & Ellis’ London office

Oppenhoff & Rädler’s New York head Thomas Verhoeven is quitting for US firm Kirkland & Ellis. Verhoeven is leaving the US to join Kirkland & Ellis’ London practice in January. He was an equity partner at Oppenhoffs and will fill the same position at Kirkland & Ellis. He was at Oppenhoffs for 22 years. Oppenhoffs […]

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