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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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Conyers advises Bestgain Real Estate Lyra on $2bn medium-term note programme

Anna Chong from Conyers Dill & Pearman has advised Real Estate Lyra on the establishment of a $2bn (£1.3bn) medium-term note programme. Conyers provided BVI legal advice to Bestgain Real Estate Lyra, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vanke Real Estate (Hong Kong) Company (Vanke HK), which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Vanke Company. […]

Location, location, location… is entirely irrelevant in collective redundancy

Walker Morris now has the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s (EAT’s) written decision in the case of USDAW & Ors v WW Realisation 1 Ltd and another (commonly known as the ‘Woolworths case’). The appeal to the EAT was against the employment tribunal’s finding that each store was a separate establishment and, as such, the duty to […]

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Morrison & Foerster has recruited two corporate partners, Jake Robson and Adam Summerly, for its relaunched Singapore office. It is the first major hires for the US firm since it reopened in the jurisdiction with the relocation of two partners from its Tokyo office last October (23 October 2012). Robson and Summerly both join from […]

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