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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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Kendall Freeman banks on BLG’s Parsons

Kendall Freeman has bagged banking and finance partner Timothy Parsons from Barlow Lyde & Gilbert. Parsons, who joins Kendall Freeman today (November 15) is charged with developing his new firm’s banking practice. The department will be based on Kendall Freeman’s existing insurance expertise including include advising on insurance sector lending, leasing and structured finance and […]

US firms race for top City spots in image overhaul.

Several US law firms have instructed London letting agents to find them new premises in prime areas of the City, in a bid to upgrade their images and bolster recruitment capabilities. Hunton & Williams is understood to be searching for between 20,000 and 25,000sq ft of office space in a prime location within the City […]

B&M names Paris managing partner

Baker & McKenzie (B&M) has elected Laurent Epstein as the firm’s new Paris managing partner. Epstein replaces Eric Lasry in the top French role, following Lasry’s election to B&M’s global executive committee last month. Fellow partner Denise Broussal has been elected as co-manager and will be responsible for representing Paris on B&M’s internal international committees. […]

DLA bolsters Milan corporate practice

DLA has bolstered its Italian corporate and M&A practice with the appointment of private equity specialist Davide Proverbio as a partner. Proverbio, who was previously a junior partner at Italian corporate law firm Pedersoli & Associati, will be responsible for expanding DLA Italy’s private equity service, as well as handling general corporate and M&A work. […]

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