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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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High-end corporate work sees Shoosmiths’ turnover rocket

Shoosmiths‘ Birmingham office has boosted turnover by 81 per cent in 12 months. The office’s mid-year figures reflect the success of its policy of eschewing mid-market clients in favour of high-margin corporate work. Birmingham managing partner Joel Kordan said: “Birmingham’s a crowded city for lawyers generally, but particularly in the mid-market. However, we don’t look […]

Squire Sanders Beijing head to lead AmCham

Squire Sanders & Dempsey’s Beijing head has been elected as the American Chamber of Commerce’s (AmCham’s) new China chairman. James Zimmerman’s one-year term at the helm of the chamber begins 1 January 2007. Zimmerman is managing partner of Squire Sanders’ Beijing office. Squire Sanders chairman Thomas Stanton said in a statement: “Jim’s role in the […]

Sidley launches London insurance disputes offering

Sidley Austin has swooped on Kendall Freeman in order to start up a contentious insurance practice in the UK. The US firm took former barrister Dorothy Cory-Wright from Kendall Freeman to head up its contentious insurance litigation practice in London. The hire follows Sidley’s efforts earlier this year to build up its insurance offering in […]

Miffed with Mifid

The implementation of the FSA’s ‘Markets in Financial Instruments Directive’ looks unlikely to run smoothly, with late starters and high costs expected. Ash Saluja asks: what’s wrong with the current regime? The key consultation papers from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) on the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid) are out at last, but there […]

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