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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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King & Spalding sets up Paris energy team with HSF hires

King & Spalding has made its sixth partner hire in Paris with the hire of Herbert Smith Freehills (HSF) partner Mehdi Haroun, formerly head of the firm’s North Africa practice. Haroun joins the US firm along with four other lawyers including HSF partner Philippe Trosset who joins King & Spalding as a counsel. King & […]

Luxembourg newsflash — UAE regulatory update and Islamic finance update

The Dubai Financial Services Authority (DFSA) and the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority (ESCA) have each entered into 26 supervisory co-operation agreements with European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) securities regulators, following negotiations with the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). The signature of these memoranda of understanding will allow alternative investment fund […]

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Despite a brief rush of activity in July, when Baker Botts revamped its Middle East office with a raid on Norton Rose Fullbright’s Dubai team (16 July 2013), cautious optimism seems to be the name of the game in the region. Law firms battened down the hatches during the recession and, while recruitment is starting […]

The cybersecurity framework: Administration and Congress move to incentivise private sector co-operation

By Sydney M White, Jim Halpert,  Vinny Sanchez and Fernand A Lavallee The White House has announced its eight preliminary incentives to encourage private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure (CI) to adopt the final cybersecurity framework, now under development by the administration. And in the meantime, a report from the Department of Defense and […]

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Revealed: Lloyds Banking Group unveils group legal general counsel

Lloyds Banking Group has unveiled the name of its general counsel for group legal, parachuting corporate and M&A head Hugh Pugsley into the role in the latest in a series of senior legal management moves. Pugsley succeeds former group legal GC Kate Cheetham, who was promoted to deputy general counsel earlier this year. As deputy to […]

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