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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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The Cayman Islands is acting to tackle money laundering and tax evasion, while also respecting clients’ right to confidentiality. By Ziva Robertson Much has been written in recent times about ‘banking secrecy’ in ­offshore jurisdictions and its connection with money laundering and tax evasion. It is, perhaps, to be expected that at times of financial […]

Redeeming features

The financial crisis has sparked a flurry of investors seeking to redeem their investments. Funds with adequate safeguards in place will be the ones that survive, say Sandie Corbett and Caroline Williams Stresses from the subprime meltdown and other recent events in the banking sector have had an adverse impact on certain hedge funds, taking […]

Mid-market firms opt to retrain and redeploy

Mid-market firms including Addleshaw ­Goddard and Trowers & Hamlins are learning from the magic circle and ­sharing out work from busier ­practice areas rather than making large-scale ­redundancies. Mid-market ;firms including ;Addleshaw ­Goddard and Trowers & Hamlins are learning from the magic circle and ­sharing out work from busier ­practice areas rather than making ;large-scale ­redundancies. Trowers has […]

Into Africa

After signing tax treaties with China, the United Arab Emirates and a number of African countries, Mauritius is fast emerging as the ideal investment platform. By Anthony Whaley, Nicolas Richard and Sameer Tegally Since the launch of its global business sector 15 years ago, Mauritius has become the destination of choice for structuring investments in […]

The US and Obama: what next?

Lawyers are welcoming a tide of new regulation when America’s president elect takes office, but what form will that regulation take? America was in party mood yesterday following the historic US presidential election victory of Senator Barack Obama. Late on Tuesday, much of the country was at an election night party which, in many cases, […]

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