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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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Garrigues vote confirms departure from Andersen

Garrigues & Andersen has left the Andersen Legal network and changed its name to J&A Garrigues SRC.The firm first announced its plans to leave the network a fortnight ago, but after having doubts, put the decision to a partner vote. The vote decided the departure from Andersen’s network last Wednesday (27 March). This was the […]

A&O elects five new members to board

Allen & Overy has appointed the five new directors for its management board, following a competitive election process involving 14 partners.Managing partner John Rink, senior partner Guy Beringer and finance director Ian Dinwiddie were automatically included on the board.The five elected directors are London-based partners Anne Baldock and Jonathan Brayne, Belgian partner Wim Dejonghe, Dutch […]

Fraud Lore

Peters & Peters senior managing partner Monty Raphael specialised in white collar crime before the term was invented, and as Jon Robins discovers, his contemporaries still regard him as the godfather of the field

Claims Direct cuts back on law firms

Claims Direct is planning an overhaul of its panel law firms. The personal injury (PI) claims service has decided to reduce the number of firms it instructs as part of a reorganisation and cost-cutting exercise.At one time Claims Direct had around 350 law firms on its panel; now there is an interim panel of around […]

Watson Farley's Paris office splits from group

Watson Farley & Williams’ Paris office, led by David Syed, has resigned from the partnership following a dispute with the London office over the terms of a deal with US firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe. It is understood that the London office turned down £8m for the loss of Paris clients, including Vivendi Universal, Renault, […]

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