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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 […]

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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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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 […]

Orrick takes over Rome practice in Italian drive

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has continued its attack on the Italian market by taking on a 16-lawyer firm in Rome, just 10 months after launching an office in Milan. Three-partner firm Studio Legale e Tributario (not to be confused with Ernst & Young (E&Y) firm Studio Legale Tributario) specialises in banking and finance and administrative law. The […]

Four Malta Parmalat subsidiaries come through investigation clean

Four Parmalat-linked companies in Malta set up by Maltese government lawyers and a further three established by Parmalat’s own auditors have been given a clean bill of health by the island’s Financial Services Authority (MFSA). Joe Bannister, the MFSA’s chairman, said investigators are looking into whether questionable off-balance sheet transactions took place through Parmalat-related accounts in […]

Offshore jurisdictions fill pockets of barristers – but for how long?

Barristers’ earnings from overseas clients have increased by almost 40 per cent over the past two years. Income derived from so-called zero-rated or VAT-free work suddenly shot up from just over £61m (see chart) in year end 2000 to almost £85m in year end 2002, according to the Commercial Bar Association (Combar). Figures for 2003, currently being […]

Citigroup executive returns to O’Melveny fold

O’Melveny & Myers has welcomed back Citigroup’s former chief operating officer (COO) as senior partner of its New York office more than a decade after his departure from the firm. Michael Masin is returning to O’Melveny after taking on a number of high profile executive roles that most recently saw him as vice president and […]

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