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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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Marked increase in employment tribunal cases

Employment tribunal cases continued to rise during 2006-07, up 15 per cent on the previous year, figures from the Tribunals Service have revealed. During the last financial year, the number of cases brought to tribunals totalled 132,577 while the number of cases disposed of also rose, up 19 per cent from 86,083 in 2005-06 to […]

India’s big firm influx: don’t worry, be happy

International law firms need to start engaging with India with the long term in mind. The best approach to the Indian market is based on equal standing (for local and international lawyers) and focusing on the development of local talent. Investment in knowhow, training and legal education in the local market is vital if international […]

Simmons, DWS launch Middle East tit-for-tat swoops

Denton Wilde Sapte (DWS) has snared Simmons & Simmons’ former Abu Dhabi managing partner just as Simmons has poached a DWS Dubai corporate partner. Andrew Ward has left Simmons to head DWS’s Abu Dhabi office, while DWS Dubai corporate partner Tom Deegan is heading to Simmons to help rebuild its dwindling Hong Kong office. Ward, […]

Just like starting over

Following a lengthy process of deliberation, US firm Proskauer Rose is on the verge of launching its London office, pinching O’Melveny & Myers private equity head Matthew Hudson to lead its assault on the London market. (see story) Hudson said he was excited about taking on a fresh challenge when he spoke exclusively to The […]

Hammonds instructed on Hamsard’s Polypipe buyout

Hammonds has advised Hamsard 3054 on a multimillion-pound secondary buyout of one of Europe’s leading plastics manufacturers. Hamsard’s management team instructed Hammonds on the buyout of Polypipe. The exact value of the deal has not been disclosed, but according to the firm it is significant. Hammonds corporate partner James McKay led the transaction for Hamsard […]

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