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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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In brief: Wilde Sapte

Wilde Sapte has won a High Court victory for bond broker Tradition in its “bitterly fought” action against Cantor Fitzgerald, advised by Norton Rose. John Hull, an intellectual property partner at Wilde Sapte, along with senior litigator Michael Clinch and assistant solicitor James Sayers, advised Tradition on its litigation, which involved a complex computer software […]

In brief: Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird gunned for computer games giant Sega Europe in its record sponsorship deal with Arsenal Football Club. The three-year deal, worth £12m, is the biggest ever sponsorship of an English football club. Felicity Reeve, a partner in Bird & Bird’s sports group, acted for Sega, while Michael Waugh of Lawrence Jones acted for […]

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Freshfields has announced 13 redundancies at its Moscow office – and refuses to give assurances that more will not follow. A spokeswoman from the firm confirms that three Russian lawyers and 10 support staff have recently been cut from the office due to the country’s economic difficulties. “If you look at investment banks, accountants and […]

Brobecks appoints new London head

US firm Brobeck Hale & Dorr International has appointed a new managing partner at its London office. Thomas Kellerman joins the technology law firm from the Palo Alto, California, office of Brobeck Phleger & Harrison, one of its parent firms in the US, where he was also managing partner. Kellerman, a US-qualified lawyer, has worked […]

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