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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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White & Case slashes jobs across international network

White & Case is cutting three per cent of its workforce including a handful of associates in London and around 70 across its US offices. White & Case slashes jobs across international network” />White & Case is making significant layoffs across its US and UK network. The US firm will be reducing its legal and […]

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Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has promoted eight lawyers to partner and two to counsel in the firm’s latest round of promotions. The US firm made up six to partner in its New York office, one in the Rome office and one in Brussels. Two associates were made up to counsel in the New York […]

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Changes to the UK corporate tax regime have prompted some businesses to set up shop in Jersey. By Mike Jeffrey It has been widely reported in the UK press that a number of UK ­corporates with significant non-UK business interests are considering migrating for tax purposes to ­Ireland or other lower taxation jurisdictions in an […]

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Slow judges cause Admin Court delays

The Administrative Court is facing a massive backlog of cases due to a shortage of specialist judges. The court has brought in a number of non-specialists to help, but their lack of expertise is causing cases to drag on for longer than usual. One leading silk told The Lawyer that he was being forced to […]

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