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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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B&M boosts finance in Frankfurt

Baker & McKenzie (B&M) has boosted its Frankfurt finance practice with the hire of debt and securitisation partner Mark Odenbach. Odenbach previously ran a boutique law firm in London which offered advice on German financial regulatory law, before which he was at the London office of Sidley Austin Brown & Wood. At B&M, he will […]

Boodle Hatfield in firm-wide shake-up

Boodle Hatfield has completed a major overhaul of its senior management after reorganising the firm to return to its core practice areas in property, tax and financial planning. Head of property Richard Maughan will replace managing partner Chris Putt who will continue in his role leading the corporate department. The 280-year old practice has also […]

NGJ raids Travers for commercial property

The real estate group at Nicholson Graham & Jones (NGJ) has made a rare swoop on Travers Smith Braithwaite with the hire of commercial property partner Neil Rainey. A partner at Travers since 1990, he specialises in major property development work, investment acquisitions and sales, property finance, landlord and tenant and owner/occupier work. He advised […]

Arbitration updated in Spain

Spain has published a new arbitration act based on UN models to make it the first choice for Latin American businesses that want to arbitrate within the EU. The act, which becomes law on 26 March, is part of a raft of new Spanish legislation intended to modernise the country’s legal system and capital markets. […]

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