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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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JPMorgan is leading the way with its inclusive approach towards gay workers. In the wake of a critical Law Society report, what can law firms learn??n?? The only gay in the “City?” reads the poster. “Hardly.” When JPMorgan managing director and assistant general counsel Tim Hailes decided to head the bank’s 14-strong gay and lesbian […]

Orrick finally secures Coudert’s China licences

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has ended its long-running bid to obtain operating licences for the mainland China offices it acquired from defunct firm Coudert Brothers. It is understood that the China Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the respective city’s judiciary bureaus have granted permission for the amendment of the licences for both Coudert’s Beijing and […]

Hammonds suffers blow as partner quits for Pannone construction role

Hammonds has lost another partner in Manchester, with Sean McCay joining Pannone. McCay’s departure follows that of corporate head Stephen Levy to Pinsent Masons in August. Pannone also hired Hammonds employment partner Ian Tranter in July 2005. McCay, a fixed-share equity construction partner at Hammonds, leaves the firm for Pannone in October. Construction assistant Kevin […]

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HP legal team under fire from California attorney general

Hewlett Packard’s in-house legal function and senior management is bracing itself for an investigation by California’s attorney general. In a US television interview on Tuesday night, California attorney general Bill Lockyer said: “People’s identities were taken falsely, and it’s a crime. People accessed computer records that had personal information. That’s a crime.” The probe follows […]

A&O and Addleshaws advise on UK’s biggest building society merger

Allen & Overy (A&O) and Addleshaw Goddard have scooped roles on the UK’s largest ever building society merger with total asset values of over £150bn and over 13m members. The merger of Nationwide Building Society and smaller rival Portman Building Society is subject to approval by the Office of Fair Trading, Portman members and the […]

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