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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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Hammonds to consult on second lock-in

Hammonds’ management is considering a second lock-in of partners when the current one expires at the end of June. A paper has been presented to the partnership board, but no conclusions have been reached. Managing partner Peter Crossley said: “We’re considering a number of options. It’s all about ensuring commitment, and it’s a hearts and […]

InBev brews up first-ever adviser review in bid to slash legal spend

InBev, the world’s largest beer company, is conducting its first global panel review. Under the supervision of global general counsel Sabine Chalmers, senior in-house lawyers from the company’s five global zones are holding a beauty parade which is expected to slash legal spend, which last year amounted to E10m (£6.9m) for Western Europe alone. Chalmers […]

DAC diversity requirements puts onus on firms to report

Barclays and other FTSE companies may have strong views on the topic, but it could be argued that it is the Government that has started a mini-revolution on increasing diversity in the legal profession. In November 2005, Bridget Prentice MP wrote to the UK’s top 100 law firms and top 30 barristers’ chambers asking them […]

French boors

Political correctness and the campaign for diversity doesn’t appear to have made its way across the Channel yet, if recent events at the offices of French giant Gide Loyrette Nouel are any indication. During a visit to London, one of the firm’s key leaders was dismayed to discover that none of his partners had rushed […]

DAC bolsters Madrid with litigation hire

Davies Arnold Cooper (DAC) has appointed its sixth partner for its Madrid office with the hire of former Landwell litigation head Luis Rufilanchas. Rufilanchas joins DAC from listed property company Inmocaral, where he built up a close relationship with the firm. His move follows the recent sale of Inmocaral for €183m (£125m). Prior to joining […]

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