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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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A former deputy director for the Office of the Rail Regulator has joined Kent firm Cripps Harries Hall as a corporate partner. Stephen Williams was a property partner at Linklaters & Alliance between 1988 and 1999, during which time he worked on the British Rail privatisation. He subsequently joined US real estate company ProLogis Trust […]

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Allen & Overy (A&O) is boosting its corporate capability in Thailand by hiring Clyde & Co senior consultant Tim Dobson. Dobson has worked in Asia for more than 20 years and specialises predominantly in cross-border M&A, although he also handles finance work. Thailand is renowned for its restructuring work, particularly in the wake of the […]

Dorsey invades China with licence for Shanghai office

US firm Dorsey & Whitney is making its first foray into mainland China after winning a licence to practise in Shanghai. Corporate partner Zhao Alex Zhang will head the office, which is expected to be operational this month. Zhang was instrumental in establishing the firm’s Hong Kong operation in 1995. China is regarded as a […]

Addleshaws loses planning partner to Lawrence Graham…

City firm makes key regional partner hire to strengthen its relationship with Sainsbury’s Addleshaw Booth & Co’s Leeds office has lost a highly-rated planning expert to Lawrence Graham in London. Stephen Turnbull joined Lawrence Graham last week after 12 years at Addleshaws. He became a partner in 1995. The move reinforces Lawrence Graham’s relationship with […]

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