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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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Three from Europe: enhanced regulation for cross-border workers; beefed-up measures to protect trade secrets; and a ruling on Austrian bread rolls Nearly 20 years ago, Brussels legislative boffins gave us the Posted Workers Directive, which to the uninitiated sounds like a law requiring businesses to parcel up in brown paper wrapping a minimum number of […]

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News last week from Clifford Chance that seven of its 21 newly appointed partners were sat in Asia once again showed leading UK firms looking East for its then next batch of partners. Clifford Chance had the largest promotions round in the region of all the magic circle with Linklaters making up six out of […]

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Freshfields appoints Marchant to replace Long as City corporate chief

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer has appointed Simon Marchant and Simon Priddis as its new corporate and competition heads. Marchant today (1 May) replaces former corporate chief Julian Long, who is stepping down to take up the new role of Freshfields’ London managing partner (4 March 2014). Meanwhile, Priddis is succeeding competition head Rod Carlton who has […]

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