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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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In brief: McDermott Will & Emery

McDermott Will & Emery, the US firm, is acting for two Kosovan Albanians who are suing Slobodan Milosevic and other members of the Yugoslav government and military for genocide and war crimes. The action is taking place in the US. Professor Abram Chayes leads the McDermotts team, which also includes John Reynolds from the firm’s […]

Land case to cut public access

Judgment is pending in the House of Lords in a case which could have major impact on public access to privately-owned but open areas of land. The battle is over a plot of land at the Oxfordshire village of Sunningwell which was donated to the Church of England many years ago. Planning consent has been […]

Weil Gotshal plans major presence across Europe

US firm Weil Gotshal & Manges is expanding into Europe. The firm is talking to possible merger partners and lateral hires in Germany and France, and is also considering opening in Italy and Spain. Managing partner Maurice Allen says the firm wants to do something “big and brave” in Europe. He says discussions should be […]

SJ Berwin plunders leading Spanish firm for new office

SJ Berwin has raided a Spanish law firm to establish its own Madrid office and strengthen its Brussels team. The City firm has taken on two teams from B Cremades y Asociados in Madrid, one of Spain’s largest law firms. In Madrid, senior corporate partner Carlos Pazos will bring two assistants with him to set […]

…and makes 18 new partner promotions

Eversheds has made up 18 partners, bringing its total to 342, in the latest round of internal partner appointments. Six of the new partners are women, which brings the total number of female partners at the firm to 60. The greatest growth has taken place in the property and litigation departments, according to the firm. […]

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