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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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Reed Smith launches in Kazakhstan with former Dewey duo

Reed Smith has become the latest international firm to open an office in Kazakhstan’s capital Astana. The US firm launched its first office in Central Asia with the hire of two corporate partners, Vladimir Shuster and Arman Tastanbekov, joining from Morgan Lewis and White & Case respectively. Both partners were previously with Dewey & Leboeuf’s […]

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Exclusive: Herbies mulls sending Aussie disputes work to Belfast

Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) has launched a pilot scheme to explore how its Belfast office could support the firm’s Australian disputes practice.   The plan has been on the cards since 2012, when the firm started to investigate the extent to which the firm’s offering in Belfast might be able to support Australia (19 November 2012).  […]

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Like a bat out of Shell

Oil giant likely to look within for replacement law boss after Rees walkout shocker The surprise departure of Shell legal director Peter Rees QC sent shockwaves through the sector last week as lawyers pondered the whys and wherefores of his sudden exit. Rees was credited with overhauling the FTSE 100 energy company’s legal department during […]

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Japan’s Mori Hamada & Matsumoto to launch in Myanmar

Japanese ’big four’ firm Mori Hamada & Matsumoto is in the process of opening an office in Yangon, the largest city of Myanmar. It is Mori Hamada & Matsumoto’s latest expansion in South East Asia following its 2012 launch in Singapore. The Yangon office will be initially staffed by partner Takeshi Mukawa, who is co-representative […]

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