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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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this week’s award for inn-ovative marketing goes to Bircham Dyson Bell. One of The Lawyer’s hacks was rather bewildered to receive a black-and-white photo of a bearded gentlemen, which by her phenomenal powers of deduction she assumed to be a lawyer. But there was no documentation to give any information about this man, aside from […]

Lindahls ramps up with double hire

Swedish firm Lindahl has recruited the head of legal from client ABB Financial Services and has hired EU partner Eva-Maj Mühlenbock from the ruins of Ernst & Young’s Swedish firm EY Law Petra Hedengran was general counsel for the Nordic region at ABB. When the company sold its structured finance business to GE Commercial Finance […]

Linklaters recamps partner to Bangkok

Hong Kong-based Linklaters partner Peter Treacy has moved to the firm’s Bangkok office. The move coincides with CMS Cameron McKenna’s decision to significantly downsize its presence in China and comes at a time when firms are reviewing their strategies in the region. Treacy joins fellow partner Wilailuk Okanurak in Bangkok and will be charged with […]

Solicitor wins libel against The Mail on Sunday

Maria Fernandes (left), solicitor and wife of Labour politician Keith Vaz, last week won her second libel action against The Mail on Sunday. The newspaper alleged in June 2001 that Fernandes, principal of Fernandes Vaz solicitors, had used her contacts with senior immigration officials to bypass the procedures for the regulation of UK passport applications […]

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