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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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If Simmons & Simmons is permitted to open a Beijing office later this year, the firm is considering making it a life sciences hub. The Chinese authorities are yet to approve a licence for a Beijing office, which would be Simmons’ second mainland China operation after Shanghai. The firm has been in Hong Kong for […]

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Japan’s Asahi Law Offices has lost another partner as it struggles to regain its footing following the sale of its international business to rival Tokyo firm Nishimura & Partners (now Nishimura & Asahi). Last week (30 June) corporate partner Rika Sato left the firm to join Jones Day‘s Tokyo office as a partner in its […]

Work Life Quiz: Mirza Ahmad, Birmingham City Council

What was your first-ever job?A summer vacation job as a remittance clerk in a commercial bank in London. What time do you usually leave the office?If I’m lucky I’m usually home by around 7.45pm. What do you do at weekends?Recover and catch up on the previous week’s work and prepare for the week ahead. What’s […]

Camerons builds on Ukranian success with office launch

CMS Cameron McKenna will be the first City firm to launch in the Ukraine when it opens a 30-lawyer office in Kiev in September. Camerons is launching its twelfth international office on the back of regional growth and investment in the Ukraine from clients including Erste Bank and private equity houses Advent International and Mid-Europa […]

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