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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 […]

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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 […]

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Romanian companies will be able to distribute dividends on a quarterly basis

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Clydes recruits two partners to Abu Dhabi

Clyde & Co has boosted its Middle East presence with the hire of Islamic insurance (takaful) partner Peter Hodgins. It follows the addition of Abu Dhabi real estate lawyer Scott Aitken to the firm’s partnership. Hodgins joins from DLA Piper, where he helped establish its affiliate offices in Dubai and Riyadh. Aitken will head a […]

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Considering that I am the most notorious expat in Moscow, there’s probably no one better to convey the experience of living in Moscow than I. In short: it’s the kind of place you end up notorious in without doing a thing to merit it. Considering that I am the most notorious expat in Moscow, there’s […]

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Norton Rose to offer four day week to partners

Reduced hours for all employees could save £5m a year in wages and profit payouts Norton Rose to offer four day week to partners” />Norton Rose is encouraging partners to take up part-time working under a radical scheme to offer reduced hours to all staff. Under the plan, which is yet to be approved and […]

Dentons cuts 76 jobs at end of consultation

Denton Wilde Sapte has laid off 76 people after holding a redundancy consultation with a number of departments across its London and Milton Keynes offices. A total of 37 fee-earners have lost their jobs with the remainder of the redundancies affecting the secretarial, IT, telecoms and library departments. The firm’s chief executive Howard Morris said […]

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