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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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Dechert picks up Shearman’s Brussels head to ramp EU team

Dechert has pounced on Shearman & Sterling’s Brussels managing partner Hans Jürgen Meyer-Lindemann in a boost for its EU competition practice in both Belgium and Germany. Meyer-Lindemann will split his time between Dechert’s Brussels and Frankfurt offices. The news comes just a week after Shearman confirmed it was closing its Düsseldorf and Munich offices following […]

Scotland

Anderson Strathern reappointed as advisor to The Crown Estate

After a competitive tender process, Anderson Strathern has once again been retained to advise the Crown Estate in Scotland. The firm’s chairman Robert Carr will continue to act as solicitor for The Crown Estate – a property portfolio owned by the Crown. It currently includes five rural estates, mineral and salmon fishing rights, approximately half […]

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Clyde & Co gains approval for Beijing office launch

Clyde & Co has become the lastest firm to have gained regulatory approval for a Beijing opening from China’s Ministry of Justice. The Beijing office will be its third office in Greater China, following Hong Kong and Shanghai which were established in 1981 and 2006 (16 January 2006) respectively. The new office will be led […]

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Nokia Global head of litigation: Phone ranger

Leading a tiny team at the raging heart of the great 21st century patent war is… tremendous fun, says Nokia litigation boss Richard Vary When Richard Vary arrived at Nokia in 2006 from Linklaters the company was the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile phones, selling more than 500 million worldwide. Apple, meanwhile, was but a […]

Growing whistleblower activity calls for close employer attention to retaliation issues

The increasing number of whistleblowers and whistleblower retaliation claims and the evolving multi-faceted nature of anti-retaliation law require employers to take enhanced care when contemplating adverse action against an employee who may qualify for whistleblower status. With the Dodd-Frank whistleblower bounty programme maturing, the number of whistleblowers and whistleblower retaliation claims is bound to increase. […]

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