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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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Italy taken to Euro court over foreign law firm ban

European Court Justice(ECJ) over alleged discrimination against foreign lawyers. If the case is successful, it could open the doors to many UK and US lawfirms wanting to set up in the booming Italian market.Two separate cases have been brought by unnamed individuals over obstaclesfor professionals trying to set up in the country.At present Italian law […]

Burges Salmon top partner dies

Bristol firm Burges Salmon’s head of employment George Dyson has died atthe age of 53.His death last week follows a fight of several months against skin cancer.Burges Salmon partner Christopher Seaton, who managed the employment teamduring Dyson’s illness, now formally takes on the role of head ofemployment.Dyson was regarded as the top employment lawyer in […]

Morgan Cole restructure gives greenlight to shed 15 partners

management to axe up to15 of thier number.The restructuring proposals of the Cardiff-based firm were first revealedby The Lawyer on 12 July following the leak of a discussion document drawnup by senior management.The partnership cull represents nearly 15 per cent of the existing 104partners of the newly merged firm made up of Cole & Cole, […]

A&O gives green light to merger

TheNetherlands operation of Benelux firm Loeff Claeys Verbeke – excluding theRotterdam office.Loeffs’ Rotterdam office is joining Dutch tax firm Loyens & Volkmaars.Loyens voted on Thursday (22 July), to accept 26 partners and 65associates from Loeffs.This enabled 35 partners at the Dutch part of Loeffs to announce itsmerger with A&O the following morning.The Belgian arm of […]

Ince & Co gains Hong Kong partner

Leading City shipping firm Ince & Co is poaching Richards Butler’s partnerin charge of admiralty law in Hong Kong.Harry Hirst is returning to Ince & Co where he worked as an assistant inHong Kong and its London office from 1989 until 1997.Hirst joined Richards Butler in 1997. He will re-join Ince & Co’s HongKong office […]

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