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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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Four New Square pays out to race victim

A London chambers has paid over £40,000 to a receptionist who was the victim of racial harassment. Senior clerk Lizzie Wiseman of Lincoln’s Inn chambers Four New Square confirmed that receptionist Diana Higgins was paid compensation for a racial harassment incident that took place on Friday 26 May. The unnamed perpetrator of the abuse remains […]

Shearman & Sterling top partners go west

Top US firm Shearman & Sterling is expanding its offices in Silicon Valley – sending over three top New York partners. The joint head of the firm’s international M&A practice Peter Lyons is moving to the West Coast, as are capital markets partners Danielle Carbone and Marc Rossell. At least one other partner together with […]

The Firm

A meeting between Jack Pratchard, Tom Henderson and a new client. Henderson: You know what our problem is Jack? Pratchard: Ermm, we’re comically incompetent and corrupt to such an extent that it’s unrealistic that we’re still in business – yet still manage to earn millions in a never fully explained fashion. Henderson: No, young Pinochet. […]

Asian firms advance into China

Leading Singapore firms Colin Ng & Partners and Drew and Napier have won licences to practise in China. The firms are the first in Singapore to gain permission on the back of China’s preparations to join the World Trade Organisation. Colin Ng & Partners is the associated firm of UK shipping specialist Sinclair Roche & […]

A View from Brussels

Traditionally, law firms in Brussels concentrate on EU competition law work. Much of this work has been the filing of merger notifications as support to major corporate departments in countries such as the UK, the USA, Germany etc. There have also been a number of successful EU boutique firms which have carved out niche practices […]

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