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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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Finers, Bond Pearce lose Virgin legal panel places

Bond Pearce and Finers Stephens Innocent have been ditched by Virgin Group following the annual review of its legal panel.Virgin’s general counsel Helena Samaha, who led the review, told The Lawyer that the move to cut the group’s legal panel follows a decision to focus on its core businesses, including transport, mobile telephones, entertainment and […]

Whatever floats your boat

It should hardly come as any surprise to learn that the sons of extremely wealthy Greek shipowners, whose sense of decency is learnt at England’s most exclusive public schools, have a penchant for developing reputations as pranksters once they land up in a shipping firm. But one well-known London shipping firm is almost at the […]

Longer arm of the Law

The prospect of outsourcing standard legal work to South Africa or India is getting closer as fixed fees force law firms to cut costs. Jon Robins reports As union activists last month paraded a 10-foot pink inflatable elephant around the country – imaginatively named ‘Pinkie’ – in a colourful protest at BT setting up two […]

Blake Dawson boosts tax and physical sciences

Australian firm Blake Dawson Waldron has hired tax expert Geoff Mann for its Melbourne tax practice. Formerly Freehills’ head of tax, he will maintain his focus on indirect tax matters. The firm is also boosting its physical sciences group with the hires of patent attorney Dale Watson from Freehills and trainee patent attorney Allen Chan […]

Dewey Ballantine takes first German lateral with CC Pünder corporate finance hire

A recommendation from leading investment bank UBS has led to Dewey Ballantine taking on its first German lateral. Philipp von Ilberg is moving to the US firm from Clifford Chance Pünder, which he joined in 1997 before becoming a partner in 2001. Von Ilberg is the firm’s first German hire since setting up a German […]

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