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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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Altheimer’s ex-international chief joins Salans board

The former chairman of Altheimer & Gray’s international practice, Louis Goldman, has won a seat on Salans’ global board as part of its acquisition of 57 lawyers from the defunct US firm. Goldman was responsible for Altheimer’s international expansion until May this year, when he stepped down unexpectedly just weeks before the firm announced it […]

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Linklaters ally Gianni Origini Grippo & Partners has hired Banco di Napoli’s legal director to help launch an office in Naples.Gianni Origoni is the first major firm to open in Naples and hopes to capitalise on future economic growth thanks to a regional investment program started by the previous government. Nicola Tremante joins from client […]

Johnson Stokes tipped to advise Cathay Pacific on mass claim

Johnson Stokes & Master (JSM) is on standby to defend Hong Kong flag carrier Cathay Pacific against potential claims from more than 1,200 pilots.The threat of law suits follows a Hong Kong High Court ruling that Cathay Pacific breached the employment contract of one of its pilots by forcing him to accept an increased work […]

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US firm Crowell & Moring boosted its London office last week with the hire of Jones Day intellectual property lawyer Alison Crofts. But why is this item, which frankly smacks more of the news pages, popping up in the Diary? Because of ducks. Yes, ducks. Little yellow rubber ones. These are the chaps that apparently […]

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