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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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Serco braves its lawyers’ wrath over online tender

Business support services company Serco has hit back at criticism levelled at its new online tender process, which is being used for the selection of its new group legal panel. The UK company has utilised a similar online format for its review as the controversial system used by Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) last year. […]

UK real estate practices left in a real state by US rivals

Ian Nisse’s defection from Ashurst to Shearman could be the tip of the iceberg, says Gemma Westacott The UK’s top 10 firms appear to be on the back foot as their US rivals reveal that their sights are well and truly settled on the local real estate market – and that they plan to target […]

Linklaters replaces Sweden managing partner

Linklaters Sweden is ushering in a new managing partner. Jorgen Durban is replacing Rolf Johansson, who is returning to full-time fee-earning. Durban is the current head of banking and finance there and has been a member of the management committee for seven years. He was key in the Lagerlöf & Leman merger. The new appointment […]

Work-life swizz

Oh, what a funny little introspective world it is, that of the managing partner. A recent entrant to The Lawyer’s increasingly popular Work-Life Quiz is obviously accustomed to making things up as he goes along. He is also, perhaps, guilty of confusing The Lawyer with a session with a life coach. The MP in question […]

New Zealand firms beef up domestic offering in face of Australian onslaught

Heavy Australian banking presence sees NZ firms ‘provincialised’; boutiques attempt to win back work The New Zealand legal market has been forced to steel itself against increasing competition from Australia for its domestic corporate work. Fear is growing that, despite a buoyant economy, law firms have been losing work to Australian and Australasian firms and to […]

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