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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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Scottish firm Balfour & Manson has merged with learning disability charity Disability Legal Services (DLS) this month. DLS, established by mental health lawyer Liz Craigmyle, has become a separate practice within the firm’s private client department, with Craigmyle joining the firm as a partner to head the new team. Scottish firm Brodies’ public law specialists […]

Flexible working clause to be added to barristers’ contracts

Far-reaching employment rights are to be written into barristers’ contracts when they join chambers, under new guidelines issued by the Bar Council last week. Under the scheme, barristers will now be able to have statements written into their employment policies allowing them to take career breaks, work flexible hours, part time or partly from home. […]

Separated at birth

In Germany late last year, Linklaters antitrust star George Roper (aka Dirk Schroeder) was recruited by Cleary Gottlieb to kickstart its Cologne office. For the determinedly working class Roper, the move to a classless US outfit was a natural fit, although how his legendary indolence will go down with the frantic billable hours culture of […]

The St Paul launches ‘Lifeboat’ for LLPs

Professional indemnity insurer The St Paul is launching a new product especially for law firms that convert to limited-liability partnership (LLP) status. Securing limited liability by converting to LLP status is increasingly popular for law firms. But as well as losing unlimited liability, LLP members lose joint and several liability with their partners. If the […]

Morgan Stanley lures Lovells’ Asia head of corporate

Lovells’ head of corporate for Asia is leaving the firm for an in-house role at Morgan Stanley. Greg Terry will become Morgan Stanley’s managing director and general counsel for the Asia Pacific region, based in Hong Kong. However in an unusual arrangement will be leased back to Lovells on a consultancy basis for the remainder […]

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