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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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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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CMS toasts alliance’s first year as most members escape worst effects of slump

A year after voting for closer integration, the nine firms in the CMS network have hailed the progress of the alliance a success. Hundreds of partners from the nine firms met in Brussels last month, with the managing partners pointing out that pitching for panel places as the CMS network rather than as ­individual firms […]

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Mayer Brown in advanced talks with A&O leveraged finance team

Mayer Brown is in advanced talks with teams from several firms in London to significantly bulk up its capital markets and corporate practice groups in the City The US firm, which was recently hit with the loss of former co-vice-chair Paul Maher, is understood to be in talks with groups of partners from up to four firms as it seeks to […]

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Six lawyers have left the partnership at Denton Wilde Sapte across the banking, corporate, dispute resolution and tax departments since the end of March. Four of the ex-partners were based in the UK – a dispute resolution partner and two corporate partners left the firm, while a former head of the tax department retired from […]

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Rio Tinto outsources legal work to India

Mining giant Rio Tinto has embarked on an outsourcing project that will see part of its internal and external legal needs outsourced to India. A dedicated team of 12 lawyers provided by outsourcing company CPA Global will carry out contract review, drafting, legal research and document review work on Rio Tinto’s behalf. It is estimated […]

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