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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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Mathesons allies with Fulton Cleaver Rankin

Latest cross-border partnership formalises close relationship between firms Matheson Ormsby Prentice and Cleaver Fulton Rankin have become the latest Irish firms to team up with a cross-border alliance linking their practices in Dublin and Belfast.The move comes shortly after the most high-profile Irish cross-border partnership – the alliance between A&L Goodbody and Elliot Duffy Garrett […]

Basket cases

Most feel that deregulation is both necessary and imminent, but as Jon Robins reports, the idea of supermarkets and banks offering law advice doesn’t sit well with traditionalists The Law Society came up with a striking vision of the future last month. One day, happy shoppers will nip down to their local Sainsbury&#39s for their […]

EC hires Lovells to study product liability laws

Lovells has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study into the scope and practical application of product liability laws across the European Union. Led by partner John Meltzer (left), the study will be the most comprehensive so far and will assist in determining whether it is practical to adopt a uniform […]

Herbert Smith team poised for move to CC

Herbert Smith is to lose most of its Paris competition team to Clifford Chance if a forthcoming vote is passed. The two-partner team will be led by high-profile partner Claude Lazarus, who joined Herbert Smith from Jeantet & Associés at the end of 1999. The move will leave the Paris office with just three associates, […]

Andersen Legal names head of Russian office

Andersen Legal has hired Constantine Lusigan-Rizhinashvili, the managing partner of its associated Georgian firm, Georgian Consulting Group, as managing partner of its Russian office. The accountancy-tied firm has also taken on Clifford Chance competition lawyer Mireille Dany to join its Paris office. Dany has joined Andersens as a partner.

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