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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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Tough questions to face on trainees

With all the chat about LPOs, process engineering and paralegals, you’d be forgiven for thinking that trainees’ days are numbered. Certainly, most firms are decreasing their intakes in the face of limited revenue growth. Retention rates are also slipping, but this isn’t because firms are applying sophisticated algorithms to future workflows. Most are simply unable […]

London

Simmons & Simmons unveils reduced partnership round

Simmons & Simmons has unveiled a reduced partnership round for 2013, taking seven partners into the fold compared with ten last year. The London office has received the biggest boost with four partners promoted. Brussels, Milan and Paris, meanwhile, all received one each. The four London partners are: litigator Navneet Juty; Michael Lorraine who focuses […]

Bangkok

Bakers, CC lead as Thailand’s Chearavanont buys retailer for $6.6bn

Baker & McKenzie and Clifford Chance have played lead roles on Thai group CP All’s $6.6bn (£4.3bn) acquisition of a controlling stake in retailer Siam Makro from SHV Holdings. Bakers advised CP All, Thailand’s largest convenience store chain, which is part of Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont’s Charoen Pokphand Group. It also owns Thailand’s 7-Eleven stores. […]

Seoul

Linklaters and Bakers given green light for Seoul launch

Baker & McKenzie and Linklaters have obtained regulatory approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Law to launch into Seoul. Linklaters submitted its application for a Foreign Legal Consultant Office certificate last September (25 September 2012). The firm’s Korea practice is currently carried out by the Hong Kong office and is led by Hong Kong-based capital […]

Grounds for setting aside arbitration awards

Commercial action was filed before the Dubai Court by a subcontractor (Party A) against (Parties B and C — together the Defendant Parties). Party A requested the court to ratify an arbitral award issued on 18 June 2008 in which the Defendant Parties were ordered to jointly and severally pay AED843,912 plus nine per cent […]

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