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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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‘I expect their outcome to be for now and I think they’ll do the same as us ultimately and close Rotterdam.’ De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek managing partner Jaap de Kiejzer reckons his fierce rivals Nauta Dutilh are playing catch-up. News ‘It would seem the OFT is confused about its role and its confusion has been […]

Irwin Mitchell breaks new ground with Spanish launch

Irwin Mitchell is launching its first ever overseas operation with the opening of offices in Marbella and Madrid. The Spanish offices will operate as Irwin Mitchell Abogados and will be headed by partner Jose Maria de Lorenzo. Lorenzo was previously a partner at personal injury firm Lorenzo Zurbrugg, which merged with Irwin Mitchell in 2003. […]

Morton in landslide win for top job at Freshfields

Guy Morton has been elected senior partner at Freshfields after knocking out his two London opponents in the first round. Morton, head of the financial services regulatory practice, beat Philip Richards and Graham Nicholson to the job, meaning that he secured an outright majority in the first round of voting. He will take over the […]

Hammonds to overhaul management and lockstep after review

Hammonds is set to axe the role of senior partner and turn to merit-based remuneration in the wake of its exhaustive strategic review. The review has highlighted four key recommendations: to refocus Hammonds on the way it secures new business; a restructuring of business departments; replacing the senior partner with a non-executive chair of the […]

Linklaters IT client turns to Slaughters after conflict

A Linklaters conflict has gifted Slaughter and May with an instruction to advise a buyout team led by Sir Peter Ogden on its potential take private of FTSE250 company Computacenter. It is understood that Computacenter’s non-executive directors Ogden and Philip Hume have offered to take the Hertfordshire-based IT infrastructure services provider private for 255p per share. The duo founded Computacenter in 1981 and floated in […]

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