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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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Ashurst to establish funds team in Dubai

Ashurst’s funds group is setting up a base in Dubai to attack the Middle East and Asia investment funds ­market. It is understood that funds partner Chézard Ameer has been lined up to lead the team. Ashurst head of funds Jeremy Sheldon said: “We’re targeting our efforts on expanding in the Asian and Middle East […]

Private equity debate hijacked by politicos

Leading corporate lawyers have spoken out against the politicisation of the debate over regulation of Europe’s private equity and hedge fund industries, which is expected to form a critical part of the agenda in the forthcoming European elections. Leading ;corporate lawyers have spoken out against the politicisation of the debate over regulation of Europe’s private equity […]

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Building bridges: Ed Gretton, Hanson

As legal head of a company with 400 subsidiaries, Hanson’s Ed Gretton had a tough job unifying the dispersed legal team. Tom Phillips reports. The property market has taken a battering in the past 18 months, which has, of course, been problematic for building materials supplier Hanson. The company provides the raw building materials to […]

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K&L Gates cuts jobs in UK and US

K&L Gates has ended several weeks of speculation by announcing a round of layoffs across its US and UK practices. The expansionist firm, which posted the highest growth rate among any top 30 US firm last year after a series of law firm acquisitions, is laying off 121 people. The layoffs include 42 associates, six […]

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