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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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Simmons promotes largest partnership group in four years

Simmons & Simmons has promoted 15 lawyers to its partnership with financial markets and corporate gaining the bulk of new partners. The appointments mark Simmons’ largest group of promotions in four years, with 12, 11 and nine lawyers made up in the preceding three rounds. Senior partner, Janet Gaymer said: “I am particularly pleased that […]

Gide launches in Hong Kong

Gide Loyrette Nouel is launching an office in Hong Kong in an effort to build on its extensive Asian capability. The French firm has recently been granted a licence to operate in Hong Kong and will open its office in June. Beijing-based partner Stéphane Vernay will be responsible for running the new office, assisted by […]

Lester Aldridge gears up for managing partner election

South East firm Lester Aldridge is preparing to elect a new managing partner following the decision by current incumbent Roger Woolley to step down after six years. The firm is planning to hold a vote on 19 June, with the deadline for entries at the end of May. There are currently three candidates: Rachel Lapworth, […]

Clarke Willmott takes over Heatons office

In other news, Clarke Willmott has taken over the Birmingham office of Heatons, leaving the latter with just three partners in its Manchester office (The Lawyer, 3 April). Clarke Willmott has acquired three partners and eight associates, including corporate specialists Rob Parry and Paul Wakefield, as well as commercial property partner Jonathan Morton. As part […]

Ofcom chief exec Carter quits

Ofcom’s chief executive Stephen Carter has stepped down from his role, the Ofcom board has announced. Carter, who left NTL in 2003 to join the new regulator, has resigned from the position effective 15 october 2006. He will continue to lead on all operational and financial matters until his leaving date, but from 1 August […]

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