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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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Pinsents loses partner to Campbell Hooper

Campbell Hooper has raided Pinsent Masons for property partner Peter Stockdale, along with a team of two associates and five plot-sales specialists. Stockdale joins as a partner in the firm’s regeneration group and has a practice that focuses on town centre redevelopments and urban renewal projects. Campbell Hooper managing partner Jeremy Dutton said: “Pinsent Masons […]

Nauta boosts London in record promotion round

NautaDutilh has made up seven new partners across its offices in the Netherlands, Brussels and London, the largest number of partner appointments the Dutch firm has ever made. Nauta’s corporate, banking and finance and intellectual property groups have benefited most from the new partners, which will take its total partner number to 85 from 1 […]

High Court upholds block on disclosure rules

A High Court ruling has kept in place a block on new disclosure rules that would have opened up court files to the public for all cases. At a court hearing this morning, Mr Justice Keith maintained an interim declaration until a judicial review on 2 November. As reported on www.thelawyer.com (3 October), Schillings, representing […]

Gibson Dunn snares Jones Day NY finance head

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s New York office has pounced on the joint head of Jones Day’s global lending and structured finance, in a move that will significantly boost the Los Angeles-based firm’s New York offering. Robert Cunningham will head Gibson Dunn’s global finance practice. Although the West Coast firm has a total of 60 attorneys […]

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