Proposed rule change set to allow foreign firms greater access to Japanese market

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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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Postcard from…Brussels

“I only meant to stay for six months” is a common refrain among non-Belgians here in Brussels, a city where people come for work and stay for the lifestyle in a place that has much more to offer than waffles, chocolate and Tintin. Brussels is a good city to visit, but a great place to […]

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Addleshaw Goddard has posted its results for the last financial year and it’s a mixed performance (see story). PEP was up 5 per cent on the previous year to £426,000 from £405,000. A massive contrast from the previous year when it fell by a third. This is largely a reflection of the fact that it […]

Olswang battles Orion over Conan IP dispute

Olswang has been retained by Paradox Entertainment to help it defend its intellectual property ahead of the release of the film Conan. Paradox, which owns the copyrights and trademarks of the Conan the Barbarian stories, originally penned by Robert E Howard, instructed the UK firm to bring an action against Orion Books after it published stories outside […]

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Irwin Mitchell promotes two non-lawyers in partner round

Irwin Mitchell has made up two non-lawyers to partnership status in this year’s round of partner promotions, marking the firm’s move to become a legal disciplinary practice (LDP). Finance director Mark Dakin and costs manager Steven Green have become the first two non-lawyers to be promoted to the equity in a development made possible by […]

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