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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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Arabian rites

Saudi Arabia is on the radar of most of the biggest Western law firms, but the country’s lack of suitably qualified sponsors means inventive entry strategies are critical The recent divorce between DLA Piper and its Saudi suitor, the Law Office of Abdulaziz Al-Fahad, just two years after vows were pronounced is an all-too-familiar – […]

Dubai hotel chain lines up first legal panel

Dubai-based Jumeirah Group, owner of the Burj Al Arab hotel, has appointed its first-ever legal panel with 12 firms winning advisory roles. The firm has launched a two-tier panel, with Clifford Chance, Clyde & Co, DLA Piper, Mayer Brown, Pinsent Masons and Simmons & Simmons being instructed on its main global roster. Six other firms […]

Insolvency: To be or not to be

Insolvency isn’t the only ground on which a company can be wound up – public interest also plays a major role. But regulators need to be more consistent in their approach, argue Jonathon Crook and Sarah Naylor Eversheds has secured a major victory for Amway (UK) in defending a petition from the Department for Business, […]

Bupa panel strategy wins fees reduction

BUPA general counsel Paul Newton’s tough stance on law firm billing has resulted in firms pitching for panel places accepting substantial reductions on fees. Newton, who began reviewing the firms retained for M&A, litigation and NHS procurement work in February, said the process would result in a 30 per cent reduction in the cost of […]

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