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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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An Englishman in New York

I speculated long and hard about what awaited me on the other side of the pond when my firm Freshfields sent me on secondment to New York firm Davis Polk & Wardwell last April. I had visited New York twice in the past, watched countless films set in the city and felt sure I would […]

Carrington promoted to B&M committee

Baker & McKenzie’s London managing partner Nigel Carrington has been promoted to the global firm’s eight-strong executive committee. The firm’s executive committee has the role of managing the firm by setting policy and dealing with initiatives in the different regions. It has two partners from Europe, two from the Asia Pacific region, one from Latin […]

Top three Spanish firm turns its back on accountants

Top three Spanish firm Gomez-Acebo & Pombo has firmly rebuffed merger app-roaches by the Big Five accountancy firms. The Madrid-based firm has been courted by several accountants, including, it is believed, KPMG, which wants to challenge the dominance of Arthur Andersen’s 590-lawyer firm Garrigues & Andersen. But its senior partner, Ignacio Gomez-Acebo, told The Lawyer […]

Rugby deal tries sponsor's patience. Roger Pearson reports.

Scottish Life Assurance and the Welsh Rugby Union are in a ruck over a sponsorship deal gone sour. A major row over rugby sponsorship is heading for the High Court. The Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) is being sued for damages of more than £250,000 after allegedly pulling out of a sponsorship deal with Scottish Life […]

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