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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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A&O forms French association for restructuring work

Allen & Overy (A&O) has strengthened its restructuring capabilities through a newly formed association with French insolvency firm SCP Santoni Paccioni et Associes. The firms have worked closely together in the past, collaborating on a number of restructurings, including Eurotunnel, Rhodia and Securitas Protection Services. Gordon Stewart, global head of restructuring at A&O, said: “We’re […]

Opinion of difference

Herbies may be one of the leaders on diversity, having appointed full-time diversity manager Carolyn Lee a year ago, but Tulkinghorn thinks Herbies’ German brethren may have a little bit further to go. An introduction to diversity, German style. Herbies may be one of the leaders on diversity, having appointed full-time diversity manager Carolyn Lee […]

Hill Dickinson to educate its lawyers on business matters

Hill Dickinson has launched a new training programme aimed at honing skills and improving its lawyers’ knowledge of the business. The firm has launched in-house training sessions for all lawyers in the Chester, Liverpool, London and Manchester offices to provide a better understanding of the firm and strengthen client relationships. Hill Dickinson managing partner Peter […]

Energy

The energy market is abuzz. Bristol’s Bond Pearce recently upped its game by grabbing a five-partner energy team from Scottish giant McGrigors and opening an office in Aberdeen. The firm’s first Scottish base will home in on North Sea carbons and be staffed by partners Clare Munro Kenny Paton and Finlan Crossan. This Energy Special […]

Sony set to appoint two UK in-housers

Sony is ramping up its European in-house capability by creating two new roles based in the UK. The company has set up Sony Home Entertainment as a new business unit and is on the hunt for a legal counsel to join the enterprise as its first and only lawyer. The US arm of Sony is […]

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