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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 […]

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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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Ricksons has poached insolvency specialist Jane Haymes from Manchester firm LCL Law. Haymes joins the corporate recovery team as a consultant. Bristol-based firm TLT Solicitors has hired employment associate James Moss from Cardiff-based Capital Law Commercial. 36 Bedford Row has appointed David Green as senior clerk. Green will join in November from Valios & Boardman […]

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Microsoft has appointed a new in-house lawyer to lead its antitrust clash with the European Commission. Erich Andersen will replace Horacio Gutierrez as EMEA associate general counsel for law and corporate affairs. Gutierrez has moved back to Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond, Washington to handle intellectual property matters. Andersen has been with Microsoft for 10 years […]

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