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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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Become a high-flyer

RAF lawyer Michaela Strowger argues that the armed services offer unparalleled career development The RAF Legal Branch offers an interesting alternative career path to solicitors looking to get out of the rat race by providing access to more unusual on-the-job training and further education. Where else do you have the opportunity to learn about weaponry, […]

Cleary calls time on its Japanese outpost

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton has shut down its underperforming Tokyo office, bringing to an end the US firm’s 18-year local presence in Japan. The one partner, five fee-earner office closed officially at the end of April. All of the firm’s lawyers have left, with 56-year-old corporate partner Tsunemasa Terai retiring from Cleary to focus […]

Legal Services team braced for compulsory redundancies as RAC outsources solicitors

The RAC is dramatically slashing its Bristol-based Legal Services division in a move that affects 90 lawyers and staff. An ongoing review has resulted in the decision to outsource the division’s solicitors’ practice, which employs 46 lawyers and staff, as well as the 34-strong Uninsured Loss Recovery team. The employees concerned, who were informed of the decision […]

Kennedys launches in Sydney and Dubai

Kennedys has raided Australian firm Minter Ellison for an insurance team as it launches new offices in both Sydney and Dubai. A team of four partners and nearly 20 associates will shortly join Kennedys from Minter Ellison in Sydney. Meanwhile, the firm has obtained a licence to practise in Dubai, opening its office there last […]

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