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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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BPP expansion plans trigger JLD crisis talks

The Junior Lawyers Division (JLD) is to hold an emergency meeting to discuss BPP Law School’s plans to expand into Cambridge, Liverpool and Newcastle. The meeting scheduled for 6 November is aimed to gauge members’ views on BPP’s shock expansion plans, announced last Friday (read more), and to build an official response to be submitted […]

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Gide review closes five Gulf and European offices

Gide Loyrette Nouel has announced that it will shut five offices across Eastern Europe and the Gulf as part of its global strategic review. The firm will close all three of its Middle East offices – in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Riyadh – with immediate effect, and will close its Prague office before the end […]

Hammonds promotes insolvency duo

Hammonds has promoted two partners in its business ­recovery and insolvency team. They are London-based insolvency specialist Paul Muscutt, who focuses on banking and asset-based lending sectors and recently returned from a nine-month ­secondment at Barclays Bank, and Birmingham-based Daniel French. French’s practice covers non-contentious insolvency and business restructuring advice to institutional lenders and major corporates. Hammonds […]

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Like all emerging jurisdictions, Africa comes with inherent risks, and with increasing inward investment the continent is seeing a rise in arbitration. At the London Court of ­Inter- national Arbitration (LCIA), disputes arising out of Africa made up around 6 per cent of cases in 2009. This is not a huge number and, according to the […]

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