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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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Finley departure deals further blow to CC US

Clifford Chance’s US practice has been hit with its second partner loss in less than a week, as its co-leader of the banking and financial restructuring group departs. Robert Finley, the former managing partner of the pre-merger Clifford Chance New York office, is leaving for King & Spalding. The announcement of his departure comes just […]

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Stikeman Elliot halts HK law capability

Canada’s Stikeman Elliot is forging ahead with plans to shear back it’s Hong Kong operation after announcing it will cease to practise local law. The Lawyer can reveal that in an internal email sent to lawyers and staff, the firm said: “Take notice that Stikeman Elliott will cease the practice of law in Hong Kong […]

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Two Hong Kong-based partners from Australian firm Mallesons Stephen Jacques will be ordered to pay HK$96.82m (£6.79m) to Yazhou Travel Investment Company, after losing a Hong Kong High Court action. On 28 January, the Hong Kong High Court ruled against partners David Bateson and Paul Starr (formerly of legacy firm Bateson Starr) and solicitors Lo Wau Ki […]

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