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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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US firm Foley & Lardner intends to become the latest entrant to mainland China, poaching Weil Gotshal & Manges’ China IP head in preparation for a launch in Shanghai. The firm has applied for licence to open an office but has not yet secured it. The firm hired Catherine Sun, who is qualified in New […]

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India’s largest law firm Fox Mandal Little has teamed up with the UK-based outsourcing firm Centric, to set up a legal process outsourcing (LPO) firm in the Indian capital. Fox Mandal and Centric are to join forces with India’s Hinduja group, setting up one of India’s largest LPO firms, which will be based in New […]

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Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) has boosted its Hong Kong office with the hire of two partners from US rivals. Corporate finance and IPO specialist Edward Li joins from Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and private equity partner Marcia Ellis moves from Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison. They become the fourth and fifth partner level […]

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