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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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Cisco EMEA co-legal head quits

Cisco Systems has parted company with its only UK-based corporate lawyer following the US technology giant’s decision to relocate a number of business functions to its West Coast headquarters. Alfred Farha, who was senior counsel for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Cisco for four years, has opted to remain in the UK. Like […]

Toilet tactics

“We’d love to hire you, but we simply don’t have the toilet capacity for your type,” is unlikely to suffice as a legitimate reason for non-recruitment by an equal opportunities employer. However, that may be the only option if law firms don’t pay close attention to their toilet strategies. Fortunately for Wedlake Bell, it has […]

Barclays picks CC and Dentons for African panel

Clifford Chance and Denton Wilde Sapte have won places on Barclays’ first international panel for its African operations. Mark Edwards, general counsel for Barclays Africa, said the two UK firms, along with US firms Shearman & Sterling and Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft, had been selected because of their existing relationships with Barclays in London and […]

Weil Gotshal opens in China with CC hire

Weil Gotshal & Manges has joined the growing throng of US firms targeting China by opening a new office in Shanghai. The firm, which has been scouting out the region for a number of months, obtained its license to open the office, which took place on 7 July, from the Ministry of Justice of the […]

Engineering sector focus: Industrial revolution

The engineering sector is not quite back on its feet after a tough few years, but it’s certainly on its way. Jodi Bartle reports The engineering companies are experiencing something of a renaissance after a few dismal years. The disparate markets within the sector – ranging from steel production, ceramics manufacturing, automotive, defence, aerospace, precious […]

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