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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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Simpson Thacher raids Linklaters, Freshfields to launch Hong Kong law practice

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett is set to launch a Hong Kong law practice later this year with a particular emphasis on capital markets and M&A. The new Hong Kong offering will be led by prominent lateral hires Celia Lam, who joins as a partner from Linklaters’ Hong Kong office, and Christopher Wong, who joins as […]

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Ashurst and SNR Denton have advised on a £2bn tie-up between British Gas parent company Centrica Energy and Qatargas. The sale-and-purchase agreement will see the Qatari state-run gas supplier sell 2.4 million tonnes per year of liquified natural gas (LNG) from its Qatargas 4 project to ­Centrica’s Isle of Grain ­terminal near London. The first delivery […]

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“So, A&O minion, do you want the good news first, or the bad? The good news is that you can keep your job. Why don’t we go and have a drink to celebrate? “Oh, yeah, the bad news. I nearly forgot. You might have to move 500 miles away and across the Irish Sea to […]

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K&L Gates swoops for ten-lawyer Clifford Chance Tokyo team

K&L Gates has boosted its Tokyo office with the hire of 10 lawyers from Clifford Chance. The team is made up of three partners – litigators Keiji Isaji and Atsushi Yamashita, and corporate specialist Naoki Watanabe – along with four counsel and three associates. “With the addition of these distinguished practitioners, we take a major […]

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