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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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Cobbetts extends redundancy talks

Cobbetts has launched a redundancy consultation with 28 members of support staff, bringing the firm’s potential number of job losses to 69. Cobbetts is in redundancy talks with 28 members of support staff, bringing the potential number of redundancies at the firm this year to 69. Twenty secretaries may lose their jobs as a result […]

Baker & McKenzie to open in Abu Dhabi

Baker & McKenzie to open in Abu Dhabi” />Baker & McKenzie is set to expand its presence in the Middle East by opening an office in Abu Dhabi later this year. The outpost will be headed by former Prague managing partner Borys Dackiw, who will lead a team of around 50 lawyers. The Abu Dhabi […]

Get tooled up

In response to my post last week suggesting that the mid-market is snapping up real estate rainmakers (22 October), a City-based recruiter that deals with most of the top 100 got in touch to tell me that, by contrast, not one of his clients is hiring property rainmakers. “There’s no hiring going on because nobody […]

Cracks show as crunch hits firms’ half-year figures

Camerons and Lovells eye double-digit growth as fee income stagnates across City. Law firms across the market are experiencing mixed financial fortunes at the half-year stage, with CMS Cameron McKenna and Lovells standing out as the only two firms predicting double-digit growth. With the half-year coming to a close on Friday (31 October), firms have […]

Magic circle, Latham advise in £7.3bn Barclays injection

Clifford Chance has advised long-standing client Barclays on a £7.3bn cash injection by investors to avoid nationalisation. Barclays long-term adviser Guy Norman led the team for Barclays together with financial institutions partner Chris Bates, corporate partner Patrick Sarch and securities partner Simon Sinclair. The largest single cash injection came from Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al […]

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