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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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Bakers, KPMG Abogados post gains in Spain

Foreign firms have had a lively year in Spain, with Baker & McKenzie and KPMG Abogados boosting their turnovers by 12 per cent and 20 per cent respectively. Bakers’ revenue in Spain is on course to hit €48.7m (£33.15m), leapfrogging independent firm Gómez Acebo & Pombo, which finished 2006 up by 11 per cent, with […]

Shell accedes to $450m settlement

US firm Grant & Eisenhofer (G&E) landed an advisory role on the first-ever pan-European class settlement of securities fraud claims. G&E, representing a European investment group of more than 50 investors, including some from the UK, agreed to resolve claims against Royal Dutch Shell over the company allegedly having reported an ‘overstatement’ of its oil […]

OFT says ‘yes’ to private competition enforcement

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has set out to encourage private actions in competition cases. The OFT will today release a discussion paper, which will set out why representative actions should be made more broadly available, and will also encourage the settlement of cases without going to court. OFT chairman Philip Collins said: “A […]

NSN seeks compliance expert after scandal

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) is searching for its first group compliance officer after a corruption scandal at Siemens delayed the launch of the joint venture company. Ex-Nokia lawyer and NSN general counsel Kirsi Komi is leading the hunt and is currently interviewing prospective candidates for the post, which is based in Helsinki. The compliance officer […]

Cassidy splits to form Brussels lobby firm

A team of lawyers has quit lobbyists Cassidy & Associates Europe to set up its own law firm in Brussels. Former Advocate General of the European Court of Justice Siegbert Alber and former CEO of Cassidy in Brussels Andreas Geiger set up Alber & Geiger, a specialist government lobbying law firm in the Belgian capital […]

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