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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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Lovells raids SJ Berwin for finance boost

Lovells’ partnership has been given a boost with the hire of SJ Berwin senior associate James McDonald. McDonald, who will join Lovells’ financial institutions group in September, leaves SJ Berwin after three years. •Lovells’ partnership has been given a boost with the hire of SJ Berwin senior associate James McDonald. McDonald, who will join Lovells’ […]

Bryan Cave opens in Germany as Euro expansion gathers pace

US firm Bryan Cave is set to open its first office in Germany, and is eyeing up further office launches in Paris, Brussels and Madrid as part of an ambitious European expansion plan. The firm has hired corporate partner Michael Leue and three associates from German firm Buse Heberer Fromm, and will open for business […]

Links scores High Court win for JPMorgan in bonus dispute

Linklaters has scored a landmark High Court ruling for JPMorgan against its former trader Daniel Ridgway, who sued the bank for $3.5m (£1.8m) in an alleged loss of bonus. The case is the first to go before the courts since the Court of Appeal decision in Commerzbank v Keen (2006), in which Commerzbank successfully defended […]

Lawyers are being sidelined in local government

The role of the lawyer in local government is under threat. Lawyers are still providing a crucial legal role, but 20 years ago between 70 and 80 per cent of council chief executives came from a legal background. Today that figure languishes somewhere around the 20 per cent mark and is declining. The marginalisation of […]

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