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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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Clifford Chance approves plans to scrap ‘improvement period’ for underperformers

Clifford Chance has approved plans to scrap its period of grace of up to a year for underperforming partners before they are asked to leave. The firm launched a consultation period with partners earlier this year to sound them out on the plans, with the proposals put to partners consisting of an abolition of the […]

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A Shearman & Sterling City team has advised alongside Australian firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth on a A$20m (£13.2m) deal under which Tanzanian miner African Barrick Gold (ABG) will buy Aviva Mining’s Kenyan assets. The purchase of Aviva Mining Kenya, which is subject to the approval of Aviva’s shareholders and the consent of the Kenyan Competition […]

Allen & Overy hires US head of criminal enforcement

Allen & Overy has appointed John Terzaken, the director of criminal enforcement for the US Justice Department’s (DOJ) antitrust division, as head of its cartel defense practice in America. Terzaken, who spent eight years at the DOJ having joined in June 2004, will be based in the UK firm’s Washington DC antitrust practice, where he […]

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