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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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To catch a fraud

Money Launderers, mortgage fraudsters and smugglers have embraced the global economy, leaving lawyers to tackle complex cross-border issues. Alison Clarke reports on how the law is battling to keep up with the white collar crooks Think Guinness, BCCI, Blue Arrow, Barings, Maxwell’s millions and naughty Nick Leeson – white collar crime is never far from […]

Simmons replaces Hong Kong IP head

Hong Kong: Simmons head of IP in the city is returning to England Simmons & Simmons has raided leading firm Johnson Stokes & Master for a replacement head for its Hong Kong IP practice. Present incumbent Angus Phang is returning to the UK to become a partner at Garretts’ Reading office and John Slater is […]

Simmons strikes deal to keep banking ace

Simmons & Simmons is snatching back a banking partner on the eve of her departure to Bevan Ashford. Helen Hancock, who specialises in capital markets and structured finance, was due to leave the City firm for Bevan Ashford’s Bristol office because of undisclosed personal reasons. Simmons, however, has persuaded Hancock to stay by setting up […]

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Lovells acted for Shaftesbury on its £42.5m purchase of National Magazine House, Carnaby Street, London W1 from Electricity Supply Nominees. The transaction was funded by a rights issue underwritten by Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. Jane Rigler, commercial property partner at Lovells, acted on the deal while Eversheds advised Electricity Supply Nominees.

Fried Frank hires top IT lawyer

New York firm Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson is recruiting the chief technology counsel and senior vice-president of MCI WorldCom. Timothy Casey, who according to the firm is one of the US’s top five technology lawyers, will join Fried Frank as a partner in Washington DC next month. He will boost the firm’s intellectual […]

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