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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 […]

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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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Baker & McKenzie clinches Austrian debut with local merger

Baker & McKenzie has opened an Austrian office following a merger with local 21-lawyer firm Kerres & Diwok.The two founding partners of the Austrian firm, Dr Christoph Kerres and Georg Diwok, have joined Baker & McKenzie’s international partnership. The office will also have two local partners.Baker & McKenzie’s executive chairman Christine Lagarde said the merger […]

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While there have been seismic chan-ges over the past few years affecting personal injury (PI) victims and their advisers – with the abolition of legal aid, the introduction of new procedural rules and Byzantine regulations for the funding of claims – there has been no detectable change in the behaviour of insurance companies. The never-ending […]

Slaughter and May woos back Hugh Osmond

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Legal professionals across the European Union (EU) are to be asked whether or not they support the idea of creating a parallel body of European contract law that would exist alongside national legislation The idea is to create a set of legal principles that are recognised across the EU as a tool by which cross-border […]

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