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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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‘A real concern’ over Jackson, says BLP

Sir Rupert Jackson’s final report into civil litigation costs ran to nearly 600 pages, plus appendices.  His proposal for “a coherent package of interlocking reforms” was bold, and the principles themselves commendable. Undoubtedly the bodies responsible for implementation, overseen by the Judicial Steering Group, are working incredibly hard to meet the April 2013 deadline. But […]

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Firm quintet advises as Australian investor takes stake in Newcastle Airport

Baker & McKenzie and CMS Cameron McKenna are among five firms to have advised as Copenhagen Airports agrees to sell a 49 per cent share in NIAL Group, the parent company of Newcastle International Airport, to a fund managed by Australia’s AMP Capital. AMP, through its Strategic Infrastructure Trust of Europe (SITE) fund, will acquire […]

China’s premier turns to lawyers from Jun He and Grandall amid New York Times row

It’s only a week before the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China commences in Beijing, where the country’s once-in-a-decade leadership transition will take place. The event has already drawn global attention to China. Last Friday, a New York Times story that claimed that Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s family has amassed huge wealth […]

Moves: 29 October 2012

Reed Smith’s Hong Kong office has appointed Stephenson Harwood partner Jason Toms to its global shipping group. Move of the Week Toms is a litigation partner with a focus on wet and dry shipping matters. He moved to Hong Kong from London in 1997 with legacy Sinclair Roche & Temperley. He joined Stephenson Harwood’s Hong […]

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